Following a previous question, I would like to request a small feature change.
Currently, when low-reputation community members suggest a post edit it is reviewed by peers. If the suggestion is rejected, the rejection reasons are listed. Here's two examples:
This edit is too minor; suggested edits should be substantive improvements addressing multiple issues in the post.
This edit is incorrect or an attempt to reply to or comment on the existing post.
Rejection reasons allow constructive feedback as to why the suggestion was refused and allows community members to, hopefully, learn from their mistake.
Point of failure
The following scenario, unlike the previous examples, offers no such feedback of any sort. The editor is left wondering what he/she did wrong.
- UserABC (rep < 2000) reviews a post of new comer UserXYZ.
- UserABC's suggestion awaits for peer review.
- Before the suggestion has a chance to be reviewed, UserXYZ edits their post.
- New, clumsy, and perhaps a little confused, UserXYZ (unintentionally?) dismisses UserABC's suggestion and continue editing their post.
- UserABC's suggestion is marked as "Rejected" but without any reasons.
Why is this a problem
If you tried to copy a file on your hard drive, receiving the all-too-common message "An error has occurred!" isn't very helpful. In fact, it's downright aggravating because it doesn't inform you of what you can do differently to solve the problem.
Similarly, simply stating "Rejected" is equally aggravating because it doesn't accurately inform the editor what occurred and what could be done differently.
Offering the simple following message avoids any confusion:
The original post was edited before your suggestion could be reviewed by peers and has been superseded.