Looking at this revision to this question, the auto-generated edit reason is:

added 24 characters in body

However, when looking at the entire revision list, it's obvious that there are many more characters that were added in that revision:

Revision four with more than 24 characters.

Here's the Markdown diff as well:

Markdown diff

It would appear that 24 total characters were added in revision 2, and that edit reason was carried in revisions two through five:

Copied edit reason

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    If you look at revision 2, 24 is about right for added - deleted. Then for the next edits, that edit reason was kept in the bar since they were shortly after. – Daniel Fischer Jul 24 '12 at 15:47

The edit reason was copied from the previous revision(s); revs 2 through 5 all have the same edit note, which was correct for revision 2.

revisions on question

The user must have kept clicking edit close to the 5 minute grace window, so the edit reason is prefilled to the previous revision.

To reproduce: create an edit outside the grace window, so you get a generated edit note. Then edit again, within a grace period, and you'll get the edit note copied. Wait with submitting until you are outside of the grace period; so do not submit your edit for 5 minutes. A new revision is created with the pre-filled edit note.

I am guessing this is .

  • This is obviously, incorrect (not your answer, but the system)... Perhaps I should bring this up into the question? – casperOne Jul 24 '12 at 15:51
  • I've integrated this into the main bug. – casperOne Jul 24 '12 at 15:53
  • When you edit a post shortly after your previous edit, or improve a suggested edit, the edit reason is automatically filled in with the previous. Unless you type a new one, the new revision gets the same as the previous. By design, probably. – Daniel Fischer Jul 24 '12 at 15:55
  • It's not a bug; if you edit a post within the grace period, but do not complete it within that grace period, a new revision is created with the old edit note. – Martijn Pieters Jul 24 '12 at 15:55
  • Well then the question is, what kind of edit could you make that should have the same edit summary as the previous? – Toomai Jul 24 '12 at 15:58
  • @Toomai: an edit within the grace period, so any edits made within 5 minutes of the most recent revision. – Martijn Pieters Jul 24 '12 at 15:59
  • If I add 10 chars, and then add 20 chars, it shouldn't matter whether you're in the grace period or not, a default "+10" for the second edit is flat-out wrong. – Toomai Jul 24 '12 at 16:02
  • @Toomai: then suggest that SE detects that an edit comment defaulted to a previously generated text, and replace it. – Martijn Pieters Jul 24 '12 at 16:03

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