In reference to this post, I received two notifications that my post was edit, but there was only one edit in the revision history. However, there was a noticeable difference in the notifications, that the title had been changed (old on bottom, new on top).

Notice the very minor title change.

So why did I get notified twice that my answer was edited? My answer was clearly edited only once, yet it seems that I got a second notification indicating the question was also edited, but the notification doesn't actually say the question itself was edited? Is there some sort of bug that duplicates the notification if the question and answer are both edited close together?

  • Which post? That is a link to the image....
    – Naftali
    Jun 21, 2012 at 19:09
  • I guess the change in the title of the question confused the system. Jun 21, 2012 at 19:10
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA: Hah, I had typed the [1] there for the link thinking I'd add it at the end, then saw the [1] was already there, but it was the image, so I never added the post's link. -.-
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jun 21, 2012 at 19:10
  • @animuson lol oy...
    – Naftali
    Jun 21, 2012 at 19:11
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    I wonder if he edited it twice within the editing window, generating one revision but two notifications?
    – Ben Brocka
    Jun 21, 2012 at 19:33

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Oops, sorry about that. I was screwing around with the "feature" that silently destroys a revision when you undo an edit within the 5-minute grace period again. I really ought to stop doing that.

But seriously: I edited your answer, decided I didn't like my edit, undid it, then came back a few seconds later to put it back in. Apparently, that causes two notifications to be generated.

And no, it has nothing to do with the question title being edited between edits. I should say, though, that I tend to hop back and forth between question and answer when making edits to both. Again, that's entirely my doing, not a fault in the system.

  • Well then, perhaps it should be a feature-request to have the notification destroyed when the revision is destroyed?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jun 21, 2012 at 20:07
  • @animuson: Perhaps. Notifications have been known to be generated and left pending even when the events no longer apply (e.g. you gain a privilege and lose it later, or you receive a reply and the comment gets deleted later). Jun 21, 2012 at 20:09
  • I would make feature request asking to avoid having "your post has been edited" notification when there is still such notification unread in the inbox. Should be simple to implement as far as I can tell. :) Jun 21, 2012 at 21:32

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