Upon random messing around on Stack Overflow I found this suggested edit which says:

This item is no longer reviewable

What caused this?

My own assumptions are:

  • The suggested edit did not get reviews in X hours thus "expired" and is now a zombie. Not likely though, as similar feature request I posted myself once was pretty much ignored.

  • Looking in the target post's revisions list I saw it got rolled back to a previous revision four minutes after the edit was suggested. Common sense says that when the post on which the edit was suggested is rolled back (and thus changed) that suggestion is now obsolete.

Deciding to check my second assumption, I searched Meta for more info just to find this other suggested edit that was victim of a Rollback (Original post mentioning this) so it looks like that's still not the reason, unless it was a bug that got fixed in the meanwhile and instead of showing empty "rejected" it now shows the above message. (In such a case I would expect a dev to explain in the bug report, but there is nothing like that)

I checked couple more things:

  1. If the target post get deleted, the suggested edit dies and results in a "Page Not Found" errror. (Happened to me just now by chance)
  2. If I view suggested edit that I already reviewed before and is still active, it correctly shows:

    You have already reviewed this item. It needs more reviews from other users to be completed

  • Not sure, but I saw it a few times and I think the message just means others have already reviewed the item, so it's no more reviewable for you. – Adinia Nov 19 '12 at 15:56
  • @Adinia nope. I reviewed thousands of suggested edits and that's the first time I see it. It always show either "Approved" or "Rejected" followed by whoever reviewed. If you already reviewed the item and it's still in the active queue it shows "You have already reviewed this item. It needs more reviews from other users to be completed" – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 19 '12 at 15:59
  • Unrelated: two people voted to approve that?! – Pops Nov 19 '12 at 16:04
  • @Pop nope, just happened to me and it's a 404 Page Not found, even for 10K users. As for the two people approving you are correct, common example of robo approvers. (people reviewing just to get badges) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 19 '12 at 16:06
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    Hm, maybe the reason I couldn't find it was that it got fixed. And yes, I know about the "robo approvers," but that doesn't make them any less depressing. – Pops Nov 19 '12 at 16:10

This suggested edit was made at 21:36:12 to this revision of the post.

Then at 21:40:55, after getting 2 approvals, it was rolled back to an earlier revision, thereby invalidating the suggested edit.

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