I do a lot of edits on question when I think I can improve them significantly (I hate minor edits).

But I got a user who doesn't seem to understant the edit policy on SO and he keeps rollbacking my edit. I already posted a comment which links to [faq#editing].

The question is: Twig/Symfony2 extension of path/url

What can I do to stop this 'rollback dance'?
A possible option I got from this meta question is to flag it for a moderator, but what can he do about it? Is there a real solution for this or should I just stop rollbacking and leave the post worse formatted?

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    ChrisF has rolled back. Perhaps it stops now.
    – hjpotter92
    Mar 28, 2013 at 12:56
  • Is it bad that I want to roll it back again just for the lulz?
    – Mike G
    Mar 28, 2013 at 13:01
  • PS, I won't actually do that.
    – Mike G
    Mar 28, 2013 at 13:01
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    It possible he sees it as his question, and doesn't like changes that would influence the way he thinks it should look/sound/etc. I know I tend to write my questions the way I lay it out in my head or in a manner that reflects how I think or speak, so I don't always approve of edits which cause my question to no longer sound right when I read my question in my head. Of course, the post is typically improved by the edits so I let it go. He might disapprove more strongly. Just my thoughts.
    – Hydronium
    Mar 28, 2013 at 13:16
  • A mod can lock the post, which prevents edits, comments, and votes.
    – Linuxios
    Mar 28, 2013 at 13:46
  • @Wouter - You can also look at it from the other side: If the OP doesn't appreciate your edits, that's his problem. Just leave him with his mediocre(?) post.
    – Bo Persson
    Mar 28, 2013 at 14:30
  • @BoPersson but I don't see posts as ownership of the poster, they belong to SO and all users should do their best to improve all content of SO.
    – Wouter J
    Mar 28, 2013 at 14:46
  • @Wouter - But rather, if he doesn't appreciate your help with the question, please go help someone else. There is no lack of posts that need improvement.
    – Bo Persson
    Mar 28, 2013 at 14:49
  • Looks like they reverted to their original question again after ChrisF rolled the edits back and instructed the user not to do it again. So I rolled back to the latest edits, and they deleted the question entirely. So there you have it. Mar 28, 2013 at 18:37

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You step away from the question. Do not get into a rollback war, certainly not over a few formatting improvements. Post a comment instead, which you did.

If there is a bigger problem (OP is destroying posts, repeated vandalism, etc.) you can flag the post for moderator attention. Moderators can lock a post for a limited time if warranted.

There is an automatic rollback war flag trigger when multiple rollbacks happen, so the post in question may already be flagged for mod attention.

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    Stack Overflow is so bad(expletive). There's a rollback war flag trigger...awesome. Mar 28, 2013 at 14:04

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