I just came across this suggested edit.

It does qualify for a reject as "Radical edit" in my opinion:

This edit changes too much in the original post; the original meaning or intent of the post would be lost.

The edit does indeed completely change the question.

But, it's also transforms a should-have-been-posted-on-meta-and-probably-closed-as-dup question into a pretty good1 version of the original author's question...

What should one do when confronted with such a situation?

1I know nothing about R, so I don't really know, and will not vote either way in this specific instance.


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That was me. I rejected because:

  • The question was already closed as off-topic and belonged on Meta (hence Radical change).
  • A Quote from the question: ...but the filter of quality of stackoverflow is blocking this formulation.
  • Additionally, without knowing much about , I think How to create a (3D) Histogram is a well covered topic in that area and not exactly a good question.

Though, I might be wrong here, but I didn't find the question rescue worthy.

Edit: After some divine intervention the question has been reopened after the suggested edit in question was applied.

  • Thanks for the input. I'm actually wondering what would the Right Thing to do be if the resurrected question is, in fact, good. (Maybe that's too rare an event to think much about though.)
    – Mat
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 8:23
  • The thing is, if the question would have been good in the first place, we wouldn't have this discussion. ;) I think this is a very rare bordercase. But if this happens with a question which is worthy to rescue, I totally agree that we should rescue that one. Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 8:28
  • Right (: There might be corner cases with people uncomfortable with English, where a native speaker of their language could do a great fix up (or something like that). But accepting the edit in that case indeed makes perfect sense. With a vote to re-open to boot (if necessary).
    – Mat
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 8:42
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    Normally, I like @Jin's edits, I don't see anything wrong with the edit per se, if it wasn't for the history of the whole thing.
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 10:18

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