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I edited an answer and suggested a small change that was greatly improving the post. This suggestion got rejected. When I looked into the revision history I noticed a strange behavior.

The edit I suggested was made under someone else's username - apparently the one who reviewed and improved my suggestion. So far everything seems fine: (Revision link)

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But then I looked into my suggested edit itself to see what happened to it and saw this:

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Of course the difference here is too minor to be approved. But what is displayed here was not my suggestion! (That suggestion can be seen in the revision 2 in the image above)

So what happened here? Was this due some strange timing issued in improving and approving my suggestion without marking it as helpful?

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Your edit suggestion was made after someone else had made most of the same edit. Revision number 2 clocked in at 10:00:24, and your suggested edit was recorded at 10:00:35.

The system only recorded the difference between the second edit and yours, and that difference amounted to a minor edit.

A case of bad luck, I'm afraid!

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The guns in the west are really fast! :) –  Shadow Wizard Nov 8 '12 at 10:40
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/me blows the smoke away from his gun barrel. Pffffft –  Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '12 at 10:42
    
Interesting - as I saw this line in the edit box when starting to edit: try (byte[]) getValue(key).getBytes(); so in this rare case there seem to have two people seemed to have clicked on "edit" at the same time... Thanks for clarifying nonetheless. –  Spontifixus Nov 8 '12 at 10:42
    
@Spontifixus: There is no notification to show someone else is editing the post already, and it is impossible to tell who started to edit first. All I know is that you started your edit before the other editor had submitted his changes. –  Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '12 at 10:44
    
The link to the edit page normally gets disabled if another user is editing that post. There are several circumstances however where this mechanism does not come into effect: One of the users has had loaded the page already or both clicked at the same time... Conclusion: As you said: A timing issue and a case of bad luck ;) –  Spontifixus Nov 8 '12 at 10:47
    
@MartijnPieters actually there is a message after somebody else finish to edit the same post, something like "this post has been edited, your edit will be submitted only if [can't remember more]" –  Shadow Wizard Nov 8 '12 at 14:55

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