Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 157 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

It seems that it's possible for multiple users to be editing a question at the same time.

When this happens, the user who submits the edit second has their change show up as if it were done entirely after the first person's edit, with no notification that the post has changed in the meantime. When the changes are generally the same but slightly different (say the first user fixed a few more things), then it looks like the second user is attempting to deface or reverse some of those changes.

For example, an edit that I recently suggested was probably ok based on the original, but definitely wrong based on the intervening edit:

Can there be some system in place to prevent cases like this from accidentally occurring? Perhaps some in-your-face notification that "the post has been edited since you started your edit; please reload to see changes" or something?

I'm not sure if this is a bug in an existing feature that should handle cases like this, or just a missing feature...

share|improve this question
As a note on this, my suggested edit was accepted by the author, but should not have been. What is the right way to fix this? – Chris Jan 10 '13 at 22:46
Would +1 if I had the ability to :D – Sippy Aug 7 '14 at 11:10

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .