Many times I've encountered suggested edits that actually make the originally post worse, for example changing the correct spelling of a word to some incorrect spelling or perhaps less drastic incorrectly modifying the tags.

Sometimes the suggested edit generally improves the post and there is only a small mistake in which case I would click improve and either uncheck or leave checked the suggested edit was helpful button.

What I'm referring to is the cases where I would like to reject the review, and I was wondering which of the existing options is most appropriate, or should there be a new Option?

  • Invalid Edit To me says that the user tried to use the suggested edit feature for something which it isn't meant for, i.e asking another question or commenting. In this case they are using the feature correctly, its just an incorrect (as opposed to invalid) edit.
  • The vandalism option doesn't seem to be the right choice since it connotes that the intentions of the edit were bad
  • The Minor Edit also doesn't seem right, since it doesn't really indicate whats wrong (and of course it can be a major edit, just not a correct one
  • The Custom option of course works, but gets a bit tedious... Not to mention that since the edit might seem correct to those that barely look at the suggested reviews before hitting approve its likely to get approved before you finish typing...

2 Answers 2


If you exclude too minor because there isn't anything else that needs to be edited, vandalism because the user's intention was to improve the post (which means that who suggested the edit didn't replace the post's text with "This is a really bad answer, and I would not be proud to show it."), and you don't want to use a custom reason, then you can choose invalid edit, which is a catch-all reason for those cases where the suggested edit is wrong/incorrect in some way, for example because it replaces I with i in a sentence like "I would use a different approach."


Why not Invalid Edit?

This edit is incorrect or an attempt to reply to or comment on the existing post

  • Because to me that implies that the use was trying to do something else, like edit in an answer inside a question, ask their own question or comment.
    – Jack
    Oct 19, 2012 at 14:25
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    The first clause of that description says "This edit is incorrect"
    – Collin
    Oct 19, 2012 at 14:25
  • Perhaps it's just me, but to me there seems to be a difference between invalid and incorrect.
    – Jack
    Oct 19, 2012 at 14:29
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    I'll give you that the Invalid part seems a little odd, but given the description, it's the perfect choice for your situation.
    – Collin
    Oct 19, 2012 at 14:30
  • OK, I'll wait and see if I get any other feedback and if not I'll go with that.
    – Jack
    Oct 19, 2012 at 14:34
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    I would use--and have used--Invalid Edit.
    – ale
    Oct 19, 2012 at 14:43
  • @Jack This reason applies to both edits that make the post worse, as well as to actions that aren't proper types of edits (such as adding a comment as an edit). Notice the "or" in the reason. It applies to both situations.
    – Servy
    Oct 19, 2012 at 14:56

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