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I suggested this edit. Unfortunately it was rejected for the following reason:

This edit is incorrect or an attempt to reply to or comment on the existing post.

That is rather abstract. It does not really tell me, what is supposedly incorrect about my edit.

I realize I may not have provided enough of an explanation in the edit summary. But I still think that the current answer is incorrect and needs to be edited. I would happily explain to the reviewers why I think so. I wasted enough time on debugging it and I just want to help others.

What should I do now? Edit it again? (Without really knowing why my first edit was rejected.) Post a new answer? I would just leave a comment to the answer, but I do not have enough reputation.

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I would have rejected it as "Radical change" - you changed something in the "core" of the answer making it something else. –  Shadow Wizard Jun 20 '12 at 14:05
I only changed it to what the original author probably intended. Only that he did not know how ember.js really (i.e. slightly counter-intuitive in this case) works. The problem is the people who rejected my edit may not know anything about ember.js. –  Martin Puppe Jun 20 '12 at 14:15
This might be true but still, the author of the post is the one who should fix it. Comment is the right way to inform him of his mistake, as Jon says in his answer below it's really not that hard to reach 50 reputation then you can post such comment. It was wrong for this long, it can wait several more days. –  Shadow Wizard Jun 20 '12 at 14:17
@MartinPuppe - I disagree with your question down vote and if I bother to get the reputation I will up vote it. I edited a clearly erroneous bit of code in an older question that would not work at all in it's previous state. The edit was rejected with the same ridiculous "incorrect or reply to comment" and a "too minor" reason. However it was not incorrect, not a reply to a comment and clearly wasn't minor as the code didn't work without it. My reputation compared to the poster probably took a role in the rejection. Sadly people are the best and worst thing about this whole system. –  TheManWithNoName Apr 10 '13 at 11:47

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

You're changing the original author's code, and not in an obvious "it's just a typo" way. Edits to other people's posts should generally be just clarifying the original authors message - not changing the message.

In this case, I suggest you add a comment to the answer to explain why you think they should change it.

EDIT: I hadn't noticed the final line of the question. Given that commenting is the correct approach here (IMO), just answer questions elsewhere until you've got 50 rep, then add the comment.

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As I said I do not have enough reputation to comment. –  Martin Puppe Jun 20 '12 at 13:38
@MartinPuppe: Sorry, I'd missed that. In that case, remember that you want to come back to it, and add enough answers to get enough rep to comment. It shouldn't take long to get 50 rep. –  Jon Skeet Jun 20 '12 at 13:40
That is not really going to help anyone who sees the wrong answer in the meantime. –  Martin Puppe Jun 20 '12 at 13:58
@MartinPuppe: True, but as I say, it shouldn't take long. –  Jon Skeet Jun 20 '12 at 14:02
@JonSkeet somehow, I feel a bit nervous when you say getting 50 rep shouldn't take long –  gnat Jun 20 '12 at 14:38

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