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I certainly don't mean to rant, so if it sounds that way then I apologize. I'd just like to know what to do, if anything, about the (multiple) editors who approve an edit such as the one found here which:

  • claims to have "Improved formatting", when in fact no changes to the code's format were made
  • butchers the original grammatical structure of the post

I understand the process for remedying the post itself (i.e. another editor will change it again or revert it), but when a problem like this persists wherein three users -- the original editor and the two approving editors -- accept/approve an edit that is clearly unsatisfactory, to whose attention should this be brought (if anyone's at all)? Or is there an alternative method?

Thanks in advance... You guys rock.

:)

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Just roll it back - as the original author, you can do that fairly easily. You might also want to leave a comment notifying the editor that this edit was not helpful.

You can also check the past activity of both the editor and the reviewers who approved the edit - if you find a lot of junk / abusive / pointless edits, flag one or more of the posts involved so that the moderators can deal with them.

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  • Can we please please please please please please ban "Improved formatting" and some grammatical variations? I almost want to reject any edit that has the comment regardless of whether it is valid or not simply because 75% of the worst edits seem to have that exact comment when they have nothing to do with code formatting. – psubsee2003 Jun 14 '13 at 23:01
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    Then what do I write when I'm improving formatting? Also, blame the folks who approve this stuff without reading the comment. – Shog9 Jun 14 '13 at 23:02
  • Of course you are right.... I just hate seeing that comment because it is usually meaningless – psubsee2003 Jun 14 '13 at 23:03
  • Or we just black list it for suggested edits :-) – psubsee2003 Jun 14 '13 at 23:04
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    Blacklist it, and it'll be replaced with some other meaningless comment. FWIW, moderators can block reviewers who don't pay attention - so the reviewer stats that show up on suggested edits (and the activity histories of those involved) are worth looking at when you see a bad one. – Shog9 Jun 14 '13 at 23:07
  • Thanks so much for the response, @Shog9. Very much appreciated. – jerdiggity Jun 15 '13 at 23:30

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