I would like to know when a Review Item (Suggested Edit, Close Vote, etc...) that I voted on ended up being different than how I voted.

I ask this selfishly for two reasons:

  • I want to learn from my mistakes.
  • I want other people to learn from their mistakes.


This morning there was a suggested edit that:

  • Removed proper capitalization
  • Removed proper pluralization
  • Edited the SQL to be from spaced over several lines with SELECT/FROM/WHERE/etc... lining up nicely to all on one line
  • AND, add a "hmm" (seriously an 'h', with two 'm') into the question.

Two people thought that this was a good edit!!

And in all honesty, I'm certain that I've approved edits that other people find equally outrageous.

Please help me (and others) have the opportunity to be better reviewers.

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    Good idea. That could be a new link on the review page itself (notifications for that would be too much). Also, could you provide a link to the example question? Did you rollback the edit already? – bfavaretto Oct 24 '12 at 20:24
  • I hadn't linked the Review as I was hoping not to throw the either editor, nor the two people who approved it under the bus. If people feel it's necessary I can. Thankfully, two other people Rejected it and I didn't need to rollback. However I did need to on a separate edit today. – Nathan Koop Oct 24 '12 at 20:27
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    This is a good idea, even if it color-coded it in the History or something like that as not to be obtrusive. – jonsca Oct 24 '12 at 20:31
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    Okay, I respect that. Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/137784/… – bfavaretto Oct 24 '12 at 20:32
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    Also related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/149621/… This is an ongoing major problem. – BalusC Oct 24 '12 at 20:35
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    Oh please don't let that end up being a standard notification for all users. I'm annoyed enough with crappy edits getting accepted no matter how I vote. I don't want that shoved in my face each and every time. – Bart Oct 24 '12 at 20:38
  • hmm. Per @Chichiray, can that be a user preference? – Chris Gerken Oct 24 '12 at 20:55
  • If we could trust all our users to act like mature, responsible people, this would be great. In the real world, I think it would lead to flame-filled comment threads and edit/rollback wars. – Pops Oct 25 '12 at 4:46
  • @PopularDemand I expect that many of these issues are because some people just click approve a bit too quickly and either don't care about reading it carefully, or misread a portion of the paragraph. I wouldn't expect edit/rollback wars in the case of quick clickers, nor in the case of people who misunderstood a paragraph. – Nathan Koop Oct 25 '12 at 14:24

Similar to what @bfavaretto suggested in the comments, I would like to see a similar checkbox on the bottom of each suggested edit so that I can choose to be notified for the ones I select.

This would be quite helpful where I reject an edit but deep down I know that the Accept Every Edit Monkeys™ will just blindly hit that Accept button and the edit will need to be rolled back or tidied up in the near future.

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