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I was just on the Suggested Edits tab, and noticed this edit. It is obviously not valid, and I rejected it. However, it was approved by two people (one a new reviewer, the other somewhat new). I then went to the question and took it back out. Was I right to do this, or have our tag-in-title rules changed?

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No, that's was a useless edit. It should not have been approved. I'm surprised it was.

Tags already appear in the <title> of the question, and should not be added to the actual question title. The correct action would be Reject, reason: Custom -> "Don't put tags in titles" or "too minor" if you don't feel like typing.

The edit merely appended [python] to the existing title and changed nothing else:

Comment: added python to title to help people searching through the titles

conditional keypress via command line [python]

I can't comment on the motive of the edit, as there may be something to it (although you really should just use tags to search in a language, not titles). If you really honestly feel you must use a tag in a title, do it in a natural way. For a (bad, unnecessary) example:

Conditional keypress via command line in Python

...still, usually you shouldn't do this.

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Indeed; it would more likely be a valid edit to remove a tag from a title! – Andrew Barber Feb 26 '13 at 2:45
Thanks for the quick answer. – Linuxios Feb 26 '13 at 2:57
One of the reviewers is apparently a ColdFusion dev, so his judgement might be a little scrambled. – Wesley Murch Feb 26 '13 at 2:58
Also note that one of the reviewers is the author of the original post, hence why the edit was approved. – Emmett Feb 26 '13 at 3:00
@Wesley the other reviewer reviewed it first (hover over the times to see the exact time in a tooltip) – Emmett Feb 26 '13 at 3:03
@Emmett Just saw that, it was like .5 seconds difference between the reviews. Originally I read it wrong, that the author approved it first. – Wesley Murch Feb 26 '13 at 3:03

It puzzled me why there were only 2 approve votes, and ironically - it got approved from the OP... So, I guess the OP is relatively new, or thought it was a good edit, and the other reviewer is just new... But I agree, the edit shouldn't have been approved, but then the OP's approval is final!

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Really? That was the OP (the new one or the newish one?) – Linuxios Feb 26 '13 at 2:56
@Linuxios jml approved the edit to his own post... Although with 500 rep, that seems a bit odd... but yeah... – Jon Clements Feb 26 '13 at 2:58
OP's vote on suggested edits is final: Can a question's OP approve suggested edits on the question? /cc @Linuxios – Josh Caswell Feb 26 '13 at 2:59
@JoshCaswell: Alright. Makes sense. – Linuxios Feb 26 '13 at 3:15
@JonClements: It does. Why he would be in the queue, for the first time, for an edit on his question... I'm gonna do some looking. – Linuxios Feb 26 '13 at 3:16
@linuxios You get notified when an edit has been made to your post... They may have clicked onto that – Jon Clements Feb 26 '13 at 3:17
@Linuxios: You get notifications for edits (suggested or completed) on your post; there's also an indicator on the "edit" link below the post itself. – Josh Caswell Feb 26 '13 at 3:17
@JoshCaswell, JonClements: Forgot that. Thanks. – Linuxios Feb 26 '13 at 3:18

It seems a little silly to me - I wouldn't have approved it, personally. But then again, unfortunately many people seem to just approve things without really giving much thought.

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