As before recently, none of my edits ever got rejected, and now there's something like three in a row, I would like to know if there is a way to get some feedback on the reason why some suggested edit was rejected.

For example, here, if I am not completely mistaken, the word "full" should better be replaced with the word "regular", as a FULL JOIN is something quite different from a "regular"/inner join described in the beginning of the answer. Nevertheless, this suggested edit was rejected, so I'm apparently missing something.

So I would be grateful for both an explanation for what I am doing wrong and for an advice on an appropriate way to contact the reviewers, if one exists.


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By posting a question here, you're already asking for feedback... congratulations :)

In terms of why your edit got rejected, FWIW, I disagree with the other answer and would have accepted your edit. Whilst you do post additional information, it complements the existing answer well. You're providing a small snippet of extra information.

The most important thing is you're correcting terminology in the answer. You're also fixing all problems in the post by fixing the typo as well.

If the post owner didn't like your post, he can rollback the edit. That's what the functionality is there for.

I would hedge a bet that most (all?) of the users who rejected your edit have no experience in SQL, and found rejecting your edit easier than skipping, or by actually verifying your "full" -> "regular" edit was correct.

This is, unfortunately, part of the game with suggested edits. Plenty get rejected that should have been approved, and vice-versa. I myself got a few rejected a few days ago on another site, which annoyed me greatly.

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    The typo was correct, the full -> regular was also correct. Had he stopped there I also probably would have accepted it. The paragraph he added though clearly belongs as a comment, and as such the edit needs to be rejected.
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 15:21
  • Yes, I would have rejected it.
    – Undo
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 15:24
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    @Servy: If the edit had simply been the addition of the paragraph, then I agree with you; a comment would have been best. However, given that the post has been improved overall, and that the ability to rollback exists, and given the paragraph adds information to the post which isn't harmful, I don't understand the need for rejection.
    – Matt
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 15:24
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    @Matt Adding helpful content along with content that isn't appropriate and shouldn't be rejected doesn't make the bad content good. If you accept it then the OP has no way of knowing that what they didn't isn't appropriate and they'll only continue to do it again and again. If you really wanted to you could 'Improve' the post to remove the comment, but the edit should still be rejected.
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 15:28
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    @Matt Well, it clearly looks like the current vox populi is against us. Thank you very much for the word of support. (I still think that improving an answer can not be a wrong thing, and rejecting such an improvement without contributing to the answer is essentially evil )) But this is life. Again, thank you -- and I am very sorry for your edits being dropped. Actually, imho this policy may greatly discourage people from improving readability, but that's "the editor's choice", I suppose. Commented May 24, 2013 at 15:31
  • Oh, and both of the examples of those edits of yours that were rejected were rejected by the OP, not reviewers, so they're pretty bad examples of problems with reviewers. You also haven't actually answered the OP's question, which is actually, "Where do I go to get feedback on a rejected edit?" and not, "Why was this edit rejected?"
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:02
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    @Servy: I was referring to the annoyance at getting edits which had good intentions being rejected. You answered one part of the OPs question (although I think he already knew that, or he wouldn't know the edit was rejected). I answered the second part in my comment here. The OP also asks "So I would be grateful for both an explanation for what I am doing wrong", which is what led to this answer.
    – Matt
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:04
  • @Matt You posted an answer as a comment and a comment as an answer. You should be posting answers as answers, and you shouldn't be posting answers that don't answer the question. Also note that I answered all of the aspects of the question in the OP, not just how to find the edit rejection reason. Perhaps you didn't read my second paragraph. You also say that the OP can roll back an edit if they don't like it; well, in both of the examples of edits that were rejected it was the OP. So you think they shouldn't be rejecting the edit but can roll it back if they want?
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:08
  • @Servy: I fail to see how this answer isn't an answer. Flag it as NAA if you think as such. Furthermore, I don't see how it doesn't answer the question. I'm not suggesting you didn't answer the full question? I don't even know what you final point has to do with anythingggggg (nor do I fully understand it).
    – Matt
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:16
  • @Servy: as an experiment, I have tried to follow your suggestion: *, and as for me, it looks more like something has changed at SO. Indeed, they are doing it again and again. Probably I indeed should stop editing other people's answers trying to make it better. May be this will free some time of those who press "reject" without giving it a thought. May be they even will start adding some content instead. Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:18
  • @Matt You don't answer the question of: Is there a way to ask for some feedback on a rejected edit? You answered it in a comment, but not in the answer. For this to be an answer it should answer the question. Apparently this is a hard concept to grasp. As for my last point, you are asserting in your answer that you have a problem with rejections, listing two examples. In both cases the author of those posts was the one to reject your edit suggestion. You have said earlier that while you don't think a reviewer should be rejecting such an edit, the author can always rollback.
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:20
  • @ジョージ You should no assume that those rejecting are doing so out of malice or laziness. One of those rejecting even took the time to write a custom rejection message explaining in more detail specifically why he felt that it should have been rejected. The lazy reviewers are largely those that hit accept without even considering the validity of the edit. Those reviwers have been the scourge of the system essentially since it's inception.
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:25
  • @ジョージ It's important for you to understand the purpose of the edit system. The purpose is to help make an answer better without changing the authors content or meaning. You shouldn't be adding entirely new information, or even fixing something you feel is a mistake if it's clearly the intent of the author that it be the way it is. You should either comment or post another answer in such cases. Now, as I've said, I would have accepted the second edit you've made, but it is a borderline case, and I can understand why others would reject it.
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:26
  • @Servy: I answered that part of the question in my comment (which I made before both mine and your answer). Didn't really see the need to repeat it in my answer when I came round to writing it, but have it your way. Yes. That's exactly what happened, and exactly what I said... so what's your point?
    – Matt
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:28
  • @Matt My point is it's not an example of problems with the review system. You seem to be implying that it's examples of reviewers acting improperly and rejecting good edits. If any reviewers had rejected those edit it would be, but none did. The only reviewer on those edits approved it.
    – Servy
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 16:31

You can go to the review page for any of your edits (rejected or accepted) by clicking the "suggested edit" link on the activity tab. Each user who rejected it will have needed to supply a reason.

If you still don't understand why your edit was rejected, even after looking at that page, then the only real option available to you is to post a question on meta.

As for your example, the second half of the rejection reason is the relevant point:

This edit is [...] an attempt to reply to or comment on the existing post.

Your edit should have been a comment instead. The key point here is you were adding entirely new content, rather than improving the content that the author had posted. If the author wished, they could have incorporated it into their post.

If you feel that your additions are significant enough and important enough that they shouldn't just be posted in a comment, then you could post them as another answer, but I don't see that as being the case for the example that you listed.

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