Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 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

I've started reviewing edits on Stack Overflow and have seen that there are several suggestions which I reject which eventually get approved anyway. I was thinking for instance about this suggestion

To me, this edit doesn't improve the readability of the question and still doesn't fix all (minor) issues, for instance capitalizing "I". But I do realize that my opinion of a "correct" edit might differ from others - since it's been approved - so I ask:

What is the proper protocol for handling this?

  • Should I revert it if I feel that it was an incorrect approval?
  • Should I comment to the approvers and ask why they approved it?
  • Should I flag for moderator attention?
  • Should I try to edit it further to my liking?
  • other suggestion..

This is however dependent on that my assumption is correct that it was an incorrect suggestion!
Is this a properly edited question?

share|improve this question
If it does no harm, don't revert the edit. Other than that, I don't see a reason for comment or moderator flags. If you can improve it, by all means go ahead. – Bart Mar 27 '13 at 9:39
Welcome to the club of Cynical Reviewers. – Toon Krijthe Mar 27 '13 at 10:59
thanks @ToonKrijthe, I feel right at home :) – Default Mar 27 '13 at 11:05

But I do realize that my opinion of a "correct" edit might differ from others

Sure does. The opinions range from "everything that improves a post in any way is a good edit" to "if it doesn't fix everything (I, the reviewer, see) in the post, it is a bad edit".

Your approve/reject ratio - you have rejected more than you approved, like the other rejecter of the linked suggestion - indicates that you are close to the stricter end of the spectrum.

That means you'll run into relatively many cases where a suggestion you deem insufficient will be approved. Some of them incorrectly, some correctly, and a lot where a good case could be made for either decision.

There's not much you can do about it, you have to live with the fact that opinions differ.

Should I revert it if I feel that it was an incorrect approval?

Roll back if the suggestion made the post worse. Don't roll back for indifferent edits, there's no good point in that.

Should I comment to the approvers and ask why they approved it?

You can't @ping the reviewers at the post in question, commenting to them on one of their unrelated posts is an option only in extreme cases, IMO.

Should I flag for moderator attention?

No. Moderators are for things the community can't deal with on their own. You can edit the post to fix the issues yourself if necessary.

Should I try to edit it further to my liking?

If the edit is going in the right way, but insufficient, try to improve it. I'm a bit uncertain about "to my liking", if that includes formatting the code to your favourite brace style, that goes too far.

share|improve this answer
no, not to my favorite brace style, but rather formulating sentences differently, capitalizing first character in a sentence, using I instead of i.. Those gramatically "pet peeves" that I have. Thanks for your answer, you have very good points here and I do agree with them fully. – Default Mar 27 '13 at 11:08
Formulating sentences differently is fine as long as you don't change the meaning. I'm not always sure whether a change I would like to make has that property :( Proper capitalisation is always a good thing, that's not even "to your liking", that's correctness. Absolutely do that when editing/improving. – Daniel Fischer Mar 27 '13 at 11:12

I don't think that if an edit does not fix all the issues and it was approved you should revert it. As long as it improves something and it is approved keep it this way. A better option would be to further improve the post by doing another edit.

share|improve this answer
I agree. You make a fair point, I did add it as an option since it was a possible solution (although not a good one). – Default Mar 27 '13 at 11:10
I still would like an accept minor edit option, if the edit is ok, but it is to minor to justify the +2 rep. – Toon Krijthe Mar 27 '13 at 14:22

You can't reach the robo approvers and the idea of reporting it to the moderators has been rejected. It's pointless to undo whatever little good the edit did by rolling it back. Instead, finish the job and then @-comment the suggester telling them to please fix all the issues in the post, not just one or two. Next time you spot a too-minor edit, consider using Improve instead to have a slightly-better chance of preventing the approval.

share|improve this answer
One of the approvers has (currently) 631 approvals and 326 rejections. That is definitely not a robo-approver. One is at 14-0, which is too soon to say much. Also, the suggestion in question isn't bad. I'd probably leave the "helpful" box checked. – Daniel Fischer Mar 27 '13 at 9:57
When I've improved it though, wouldn't the suggestion already have been approved? Making it a merge issue, making my edit invalid, making me tired of it. – Default Mar 27 '13 at 10:00
You have to be fast with the Improve, yes. But it's slightly less frustrating than clicking Reject and having it approved anyway. To me, at least. – Kate Gregory Mar 27 '13 at 10:02
@KateGregory I will take that in to consideration. I think I might agree with you regarding less frustrating (will have to try it though) :) – Default Mar 27 '13 at 10:07

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .