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I recently suggested an edit, and the Community user rejected it within a fraction of a second.

What causes this behavior, and what can one do to prevent it from happening?

Is this possibly related to me logging on from the computer next to the one I usually use?

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marked as duplicate by animuson Aug 24 '13 at 16:27

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"Within a fraction of a second" is a huge exaggeration, it was 12 seconds after you suggested it. – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 8 '12 at 17:22
I can assure you it had nothing to do with the computer you were using, though. – animuson Nov 8 '12 at 17:28
I would guess some form of colliding edits happening. – Bart Nov 8 '12 at 17:31
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12 seconds after you suggested this edit, Madbreaks modified his prior revision. (Edits within a small time window are collapsed into one, which is why only one Madbreaks edit appears in the post's revision history.)

Madbreaks' edit came after yours, and therefore clobbered yours. He loaded the edit the page to start editing before you suggested the edit though, which is why he didn't have a chance to approve/reject it before editing.

This is a bit of an edge case, but definitely not a very user-friendly experience, so we'll take a look at ways of improving it. Sorry for the confusion.

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Cheers, I've seen it happening more than once and confused users ask about it here. Looking forward to see the progress! :) – Shadow Wizard Nov 8 '12 at 21:10
Yes, this has happened to me too and I wasn't sure what was going on. – Ren Nov 8 '12 at 21:39

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