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.



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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