I found this meta question, but I am not sure if this is the same issue.

On this question, I did some reformatting of the indentation in the code block to make it a bit more readable and it was submitted for peer review. A few minutes later, it appears the OP made an edit that added some additional code. It looks like my suggested edit was applied when the OP saved his/her edit, and it looks like he got the "credit" for the edit.

I'm not really concerned about the 2 rep points; I'm more curious why this happened and if this is a bug (or limitation) in the editing feature, or if this is known/intended behavior?

Note that this is not a suggested edit that's overridden by a concurrent edit: the recorded edit starts from the post-suggested edit state (and in fact can be identical to it, as in this case).

  • @DavidFullerton This doesn't look like it's behaving as it should. Since the OP's edit started from psubsee2003's version (and even kept everything from it including the edit summary), the suggested edit should be recorded as improved, not rejected. This isn't an isolated case (here's another example, this is the suggested edit). Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 21:18
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    @DavidFullerton just following up a year later here since I wasn't experienced enough at the time to question it. Can you confirm this is indeed by design? It looks like the OP's edit treated the suggested edit as if he clicked "Improve" but unchecked "this edit was helpful" without any sign that they actually performed that action. If the OP did indeed review the post and unchecked it, shouldn't they at least be shown in the suggested edit review page? Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 0:26

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Your suggested edit wasn't overwritten, it was rejected.

As there is no user who actively rejected it it probably means that the following happened:

  1. OP clicked edit at some point, prior to 12:29
  2. You submitted the edit suggestion at 12:29, the OP was still editing the post.
  3. OP submitted his edit at 12:33 and the system merged the edits, auto rejecting the suggestion either due to a bug or by design, if "reject" is the default action of improving suggested edit.

Note the rejection happened in exactly the same time of the OP edit:

  • Thank you very much for clarifying it. That does make more sense as to what happened. Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 13:32
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    This is what happened, but it doesn't make sense. The default action of improving suggested edits is approval. Since the OP started from the suggested edit text (even reused the edit summary), the suggested edit should be marked as approved (or improved, which is now indicated differently). Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 21:14
  • @Gilles good point, hopefully David will check the code and give official reply. Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 21:50
  • @Gilles note I did say "more sense", not necessarily complete sense :-) Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 23:01

The post is not locked if it is edited. So it is possible that two or more users are editing at the same time.

However, there is some intelligence behind this to preserve the most 'heavy' edit. But still these circumstances happen.

If you get the message that the post is already edited, copy the post (containing your edits) and paste it in a text editor so you have your edits at hand. Try to edit the post again (do not paste all text else you lose the others edits).

If your edits were good, big chance they are already committed.

  • I did not see the new edit notification popup, and there was about a 2-3 minute delay between when I submitted my suggestion and when the "this question has been edited" notification popped up. Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 13:09
  • And my changes were actually committed as part of the OP edit (looking at the edit history, it shows the changes I submitted as part of the OP edit). So either the OP did it himself (with virtually the same spacing) and overwrote mine (which I do not think is the case, given the code he added has the same indentation issues as the previous code I tried to cleaning), or when the OP committed his edit, mine were applied at the same time. Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 13:10

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