Suppose that I made a wrong decision about a suggested edit. Let's say I wrongly choose 'Approve'.

Is there a way I can retract my decision or change it?

  • You can go back and edit the question or answer after it has been approved or rejected. Commented May 9, 2013 at 19:57
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    Slow down, don't rush, and don't make the mistake in the first place.
    – Matt
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 20:01
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    This is why multiple people look at edits.
    – user206222
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 20:19
  • Related feature request: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/186590/… Commented May 13, 2019 at 8:34

2 Answers 2


No, there is no way to change or revoke your decision.


@Servy is right, you cannot change your review. But, there's still a way to force the suggested edit itself to be rejected. It used to be quite simple (see below), but as @DonaldDuck mentioned in the comments, that doesn't work anymore. The procedure will reject the pending edit as conflicting with yours. Of course, this should only be done if there's actually anything to improve in the post.

You need a Stack Apps key and access token with write access. You can register one yourself and obtain a key, and then an access token. You can use those to edit an answer or a question - most of the fields are self-explanatory, but preview needs to be set to false to do an actual edit. comment is the edit summary.

This is all so convoluted (even for me, as a Stack Apps moderator) that I'd rather follow the post and undo/improve any changes when the edit is actually approved ...

The simple option was that you used to be able to navigate to the edit page of the post (https://stackoverflow.com/posts/<post id>/edit) and improve the post yourself. That doesn't work anymore ...

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    Note that this causes the suggested edit to not count toward editing bans...so it's not desirable in some cases. Commented May 13, 2019 at 7:24
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    This doesn't work anymore. Trying to do this just redirects to the suggested edit in the review queue. Commented Mar 3, 2023 at 20:48

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