ok I might be wrong and maybe it's not in the running for stupidest but I am so overcome with exasperation that I feel the need to post.
the text went like this:
"Other actors expressed concern about the quality of baked beans. Thomas, a 7 year old child, said they were sometimes too mushy. Patrick, a cook at the Lazy Cafe, said that they didn't taste at all of tomatoes."
Now, is "Who are these other actors?" a fair comment? or a frankly ridiculous one?
I concede that a "for example" could enhance the text (though arguable) but please, asking "who"???
My publisher asked if I wanted to do the index for my textbook myself or pay their indexer to do it. It's a dictionary of policing terms fgs. They did have the good grace to be mildly embarrassed when I pointed this out.
I didn't mean that Hatwoman's post was daft, of course. I meant that 'who are the other actors?' is daft. Though actually, perhaps your editor was just too-opaquely suggesting that the use of 'actors' rather than 'people' wasn't ideal??