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Why does the Community User reject / approve edits?

I suggested this edit and it was rejected by Community. How does Community makes those decisions? I'm not particularly bothered, but I think the edit was valid. The content of the question wasn't altered, but the readability was (I feel) improved.


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Someone else had their own suggested edit, which apparently was more substantial than yours. Community "rejected" your edit because it wasn't accepted, not due to any quality criteria.

As this is merely a "system message" in this case, I wouldn't worry about it.

  • Yeah, I wasn't worried, just curious. Thanks for the clarification. Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 15:29

Community user doesn't reject, or approve suggested edits.

What generally happens is that a user improves the suggested edit, and then unselect the checkbox for "Suggested edit was helpful." If this is done, the suggested edit appears as rejected by the Community user; if the checkbox is left selected, as it is by default, then the suggested edit appears as approved from the Community user.


This is done because, on Stack Overflow, two users are normally necessary to reject/approve a suggested edit.

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    This situation seems different as the other person (whose edit was eventually accepted) didn't have enough rep to vote on the OP's suggested edit.
    – user7116
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 17:57

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