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EDIT: It seems that I've also had edits that stacked well, so I'm not sure if I had a timing problem, or was just delusional. The one thing that can be fixed, that I'll turn this question into, is a feature request so that when I go to re-edit (either within the 5-minute grace period, or before a suggested edit is approved), it brings up the old edit summary text. Right now, it brings up a blank edit summary, and this replaced the first one I did. This isn't really intuitive, and even knowing that's what it's doing, I still forget to put everything in.

Original Question:

It has happened a few times now, when on a site where I don't have edit privileges, that I make an edit. I then see that the edit didn't work quite right, so I go back in to re-edit it. This creates a brand new edit review, with an additional useless summary. How about we have the same grace period to re-edit your up-for-review edit, as there is for a normal edit?
Of course, it wouldn't be possible once it's been approved.

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I've... revised my own edits on Game Development several fold. Well after the grace period, in one case, and they don't cause multiple edit suggestions. How are you doing it, exactly? –  Grace Note Jun 1 '11 at 19:16
@Grace, I just hit the edit button (before my first edit has been approved) and then I have to redo all of my edits and re-submit. –  Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 19:23
Very curious... that's what I do, too, but I don't have to re-do all of my edit content. I'm running a test right now on Game Development. I'll see if it produces additional suggestions. –  Grace Note Jun 1 '11 at 19:25
@Grace, I just tested again on WebApps and confirmed the results, let me know if Game Dev is different. –  Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 19:27
Well, my test within the 5 minute period confirms my results - all of the content of my edit is still there, and my new edit summary replaced the one I originally provided. I've got a theory about the discrepancy between your results and my results, but I want to do one last edit after the grace period just to confirm something else. –  Grace Note Jun 1 '11 at 19:28
@Grace, I wonder if your mod status from other sites changes anything? –  Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 19:30
@Lance Roberts: I have observed the same as Grace Note (also within the last week). See How do I edit an edit that is still in peer review?. In addition, there is no grace period. –  Peter Mortensen Jun 1 '11 at 19:32
Yeah, mine works after the grace period as well, like Peter's answer suggests. Out of curiosity, Lance, are you submitting edits anonymously, or as a registered user of the target site? That's my only theory of the discrepancy I can come up with right now, as it may be the fact of not tracking where an anonymous edit comes from, compared to when the edit comes from a registered user. I don't think moderator status has an affect, as Peter Mortensen is not a moderator. –  Grace Note Jun 1 '11 at 19:35
@Peter, it's lets me do another edit and only one comes out the other end (though I don't know what the edit approver sees), but when I go to re-edit, it makes me start all over. –  Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 19:41
@Grace, yeh, I'm signed in. –  Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 19:44
That shoots my theory out of the water, then. I've made 3 edits to the same post in a greater-than-5-minute period, it pretty much behaved exactly like editing a grace period with 2k+. Hm... curious. What browser/OS, in case it affects it? –  Grace Note Jun 1 '11 at 19:54
@grace, ok, another try, this time it came up with what I'd edited before, so I was just able to make the small additional change. I'll do more experimenting when I can. Though it still makes me put in a new summary, I'll watch this one close to see what the summary ends up as. –  Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 20:21
@grace, ok, not sure what the anomaly was, but I've changed the question. –  Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 20:45
The "have to re-enter the edit summary" is the same behavior as with normal edits, so I might suggest expanding your request as such (if not ensuring that said request does not already exist). –  Grace Note Jun 1 '11 at 20:55
Working on this now - I've refunded your bounty, because the most valuable commodity on Earth is Meta Rep :) –  Jarrod Dixon Jun 8 '11 at 4:29

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

The previous edit comment will now be retained when:

  • an error has been detected during an edit submission
  • the current user is quick editing within the 5 minute threshold
  • anyone is editing a pending suggested edit

This will be deployed tonight or tomorrow.

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Thanks a bunch. –  Lance Roberts Jun 26 '11 at 6:30
Quick editing appears to have a regression; if I re-edit a post within 5 minutes, the Edit Summary field is empty again. –  user164291 Aug 2 '12 at 18:05

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