Hey Sherry. I gave this all the claps because crap writing drives me up the wall. I am one of those "new editors" and I can promise you that whether editors are new or old, we all work as a team and communicate on the editor's slack group.
I cannot tell you the number of times an editor will post a link to a piece on the slack editors board and ask for feedback because it's pretty "thin" as far as quality goes.
Most often, the response is the inclusivity thing you and Chris referred to. I can't speak for other new editors, but if I think a piece is thin or just bad writing, I leave it for a senior editor to make a call on.
As Dr. Y points out, quality is a judgement call. We've had pieces submitted to Illumination that were rejected at "big" pubs and then went on to get curated and go viral.
I do think overall, quality has to become an issue. Volume demands it. But it's not up to editors to decide, it's only up to editors to follow the guidelines set out by the publication.
Thanks for having this very important conversation. I hope Dr Mehmet Yildiz will highlight it to new writers. I'm tagging him so he can see my response. :)