While reviewing suggested edits I find myself often coming across an edit that I just know will be mis-handled by subsequent reviewers. I'm not trying to sound arrogant (lord knows that I flub reviews often enough), but a lot of reviews rely to some degree on heuristics to judge the value of a suggested edit, such as:
- "Reject any edit that modifies existing code"
- "Accept any edit that adds in code-formatting"
- "Accept Tag wiki descriptions that replace empty definitions"
And so on. As a general rule these heuristics work well, and I understand why people use them (I'm sure I do to an extent as well), but fairly frequently I come across an edit that seems like a good candidate for heuristical treatment, but a more thorough investigation suggests a different review-outcome.
For instance, this edit, which adds in a whole lot of code was rejected, even though it was just transferring
js code from JSFiddle to the original very short question (which is what the SO community wants). I followed the original JSFiddle link to confirm that the transferred code was correct and I even compared it in an IDE to ensure nothing was added or modified. However, even as I was voting to approve, I knew that it was going to be rejected... because adding lots of code to a question is a red-flag that it's an invalid edit.
In situations like this, I'd really like to be able to leave a comment that could be read by subsequent reviewers that states my reasoning/cautionary note. They could disagree with my reasoning, but at the very least it should help improve voting for tricky suggested edits.
I'd be happy to just be able to use the existing comment system, but it isn't available in the Suggested Edits review queue, and I feel in some ways that it would be inappropriate to use the public commenting system to discuss edits that aren't yet live (I suspect that this is why comments aren't shown in the first place).
Would it be appropriate to allow reviewers to leave comments which could only be read by other people in the Suggested Edits review queue?