I'm against all the "notify me when a post I downvoted is updated" requests, but I had an idea that might be useful while unobtrusive.

How about quietly showing how many revisions/edits were made between your downvote and now? It could also "clear" when you recheck the post, so they don't stay marked as "updated"


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The % edited and revision count are just ideas to help show the magnitude of the change. If someone changes "Im" to "I'm" the revised post probably isn't even worth a look, so I think the % edited is a good criteria to go on. I could at a glance (and on my own time) see which of the posts I downvoted/close voted have been updated. Maybe make the (% edited) text a link to the latest revision so I can see what changed (I often do this when I forget why I closed a question. It happens.)

As a mod it'd be really nice to see when posts I've closed have been edited as well; ideally users would flag/vote to reopen a post when it's fixed, but very few people seem to flag.

This would make it easy for us to optionally review our downvotes/other votes without making voting a massive burden (some proposals requiring comments/notifications on posts we downvote could easily get very invasive and annoying).

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    Another way to do it would be to add it to the notifications tab. Of course, for some users that'll flood it, which is why making the multicollider flexible would solve this. Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 6:09

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To add to this proposal, to make it much easier to see the changes, do what is currently done in the responses > revisions category: a diff-view at that place!:

Responses>revisions live-diff

As you can see in the image, the diff is shown when you click the > button.

So, as this is already implemented elsewhere, it should be easy to do the same on the votes tab.

In the votes tab currently, the > button does exist already:

Current 'votes' tab  view

(excuse the messy red scribbling :P)

So I propose:

  • add the number of revision(s) since the action occurred (and not since last view, simply because it will be easier to implement)
  • if there has been a revisions since the action, rather than showing the question on click of >, show the diff, as is done for current revisions to own posts!

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