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On Programmers.SE I noticed an edit by a user of 4K reputation that I feel changes the meaning of the original question (Revision 2) and I would have liked to roll back. However having not enough reputation here, my only possibility has been to click on “source”, copy the source block, and make a suggested edit with the contents of the original revision.

It would be IMO convenient for users that don't have enough reputation to have a way to indicate that they find an edit is not valid.


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As an aside, as for the example: I feel that the edit did not change the meaning of the question. Also, instead of rolling back, you could have at least kept the improved formatting? – Arjan Feb 9 '12 at 17:29
@Arjan: As you told whether that edit changed the meaning of the question is another debate (but I consider there is a difference between what is meant by “portable application” and “mobile edition of a software”. Regarding the improved formatting I must confess that I was quick, but the original formatting is not that bad. – Benoit Feb 9 '12 at 17:38
I stand corrected, Benoit, I totally missed that one word that was changed, which indeed changed the meaning. Still then, the system does allow for reverting it just like you did; I don't see the need for "suggest rollback", but apparently others do. – Arjan Feb 9 '12 at 17:40
@Benoit You need to clarify in the question what you mean by "portable application" as opposed to a mobile application or mobile optimized web site. The reason for the original edit is that your question is too ambiguous to be answered properly. – Jarrod Nettles Feb 9 '12 at 17:42
@Jarrod, it was not Benoit's question... – Arjan Feb 9 '12 at 17:43
@Arjan I see that now. Although why is this meta question on Stackoverflow when this is a Programmers.SE issue??? – Jarrod Nettles Feb 9 '12 at 17:46
@Jarrod Because it's a feature request for a network-wide feature. (Suggested rollbacks) – Troyen Feb 9 '12 at 18:10

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You can do this as a suggested edit and post the reason for your edit.

Looking at the question, it looks like this is exactly what you have done and that it was accepted.

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Also, editing (suggested edits included) is the only way to leave an edit comment with a rollback. – Arjan Feb 9 '12 at 17:45

I've looked at the original and mine and I don't see a difference in meaning - only in wording and clarity.

I felt that your question was somewhat obscure and not worded very well - can you explain to me how it changed the nature of the question? I wasn't trying to hijack your question, only trying to make it more easily understood by the general community.

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See Benoit's comment below the question: it was about the term "portable" versus "mobile". Still then, it was just an example for the feature request of course. – Arjan Feb 9 '12 at 17:42
Glad you found this but this should really be a comment since it does not address the problem we are speaking of! That's not my question (asker is this stacker; however I left an answer on it). I feel there is a huge difference between a “portable application” (check on portableapps.com for example) and an application for mobile devices. Re-read both versions with that in mind and you'll probably understand why I said it changed the meaning. – Benoit Feb 9 '12 at 17:43
up vote 5 down vote accepted

I found a way to do it without copy-pasting the original:

  • Go back to the question
  • Go to the edit page
  • Select previous revision in the combo box that lists revisions
  • provide a reason for rolling back
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This looks to be the best solution -- allowing you suggest a rollback without having to do major editing or copy-pasting or forgo the entry of an edit reason. – Matthew Read Feb 9 '12 at 17:56

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