I was breaking in my new 10k privileges by cleaning up some pending edits and ran across this...

An anonymous editor claims to have tested this answer extensively and claims that the existing answer no longer works.

My knee jerk reaction is to deny it because

  • The answer must have been accepted for a reason (not familiar enough with subject matter)
  • Its seems it should just be submitted as an alternate answer

Obviously I'm just leaving it alone but wanted to see what the protocol on this is.


3 Answers 3


The "How to edit" block that is now visible only to who doesn't have the privilege to edit all the posts reports the following points:

  • fix grammatical or spelling errors
  • clarify meaning without changing it
  • correct minor mistakes
  • add related resources or links
  • always respect the original author

(emphasis added)

As the edit changes the meaning of the answer (it actually changes the answer), then the edit is not acceptable.

The user who proposed the edit should add a new answer. Changing the existing one because some conditions have been change, it's not something acceptable, IMO.

  • +1, too many people don't follow the second point.
    – user154510
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 15:11

It should be rejected.

If the answer is wrong, a comment should be left. If he has his own solution, he should write his own answer.


I agree. This should be a new answer. I'd post it as a community wiki answer and reject the edit.

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