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Suggested edits should not lock the ability for others to edit

This question has some minor formatting errors, and could perhaps do with the "homework" tag being added:

So I attempted to edit it, but instead of getting the edit window, I got an edit approval popup showing me that another editor has proposed a similar change to the one I was going to make. So I approved the edit. But the approval didn't go through: it needs more than one vote.

So if there had been no proposed edit, I could just have edited the question and fixed the problem. But because another editor has proposed an edit, I cannot now make this change. In effect, the proposed edit blocks all edits until the approval has gone through or not. It would be nice if this didn't happen.

Similar points have been made by other users:

More were noted by Cody Gray and Popular Demand in comments:

I think the number of times this has been reported is evidence that the interface is not well designed for new users. A user in my situation is focused on the task of Editing the question/answer but what the suggested edit interface offers is the facility to Improve the suggestion. These are not the same thing at all.

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Pops, Jon Seigel, waffles Nov 14 '11 at 6:44

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You can always click "Improve". There was a "Reject and Improve" proposal, but I guess that wouldn't work because we need two users to reject an edit as well, so it would still sit in queue. –  Wesley Murch Jul 18 '11 at 21:39
    
I totally missed the option to do that! So consider my feature request to be to improve the approval interface. –  Gareth Rees Jul 18 '11 at 21:55
    
@Gareth Improve it how? –  Michael Mrozek Jul 18 '11 at 22:00
    
Hmmm, good question. The edit in question has been approved now, so I can't go back and look at the panel to see why I missed this feature. Where should I look to see an example? –  Gareth Rees Jul 18 '11 at 22:08
    
@Gareth It looks like this (actually, now that you're 10k you can just go here) –  Michael Mrozek Jul 19 '11 at 0:22
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@Michael: I guess I saw the "Improve" button but didn't understand what it meant. I didn't want to Improve the suggested edit; I wanted to Edit the question. –  Gareth Rees Jul 19 '11 at 10:46
    
@Cody: Those duplicates suggest that this is a general difficulty with this dialog. –  Gareth Rees Jul 19 '11 at 10:46
    
Yes, I agree. I for one hate it. I have full edit privileges; if I want to make an edit, I should be able to do that. I especially hate having to wait for someone else's poor, half-assed edit to be approved/rejected by at least 1 more user before I can fix the glaring problems with the post. I've taken to only using the "Improve" button 90% of the time, which I don't really feel is appropriate, since knowing it is actually the "Approve & Improve" button, and I don't think these people deserve any rep points for their less-than-tepid edits. No traction on fixing it so far, though. –  Cody Gray Jul 19 '11 at 10:49

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