See this approved suggested edit.

I didn't like the fact that the suggested edit removed the "useless code and comments", and was going to reject the edit. But it got approved.

So I was going to yell at whomever approved it and then roll it back. Except...

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No one approved the edit? Not even Community♦? I was under the impression that sometimes Community♦ would auto-reject or auto-approve an edit, but at least would still be listed as the Reviewer. Am I missing something?

2013-07-30 update:

It just happened again, how spooky. I know it's not hurting anything, but I'm genuinely curious how this is happening, since it doesn't seem to be an isolated case.

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    By whom, not by who. It even sounds wrong. (sorry, couldn't resist) Jul 10, 2013 at 15:32
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    @JanDvorak - you know, it didn't sound right :P Jul 10, 2013 at 15:32
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    It was obviously a reverse audit; the edit was real but the approvers were fake.
    – mmyers
    Jul 10, 2013 at 15:42
  • Eeek. Where's Oded when you need him?
    – Undo
    Jul 10, 2013 at 21:58
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    Could it have been approved by the OP?
    – Wooble
    Jul 12, 2013 at 18:17
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    Possibly, but I was under the impression the OP would still be listed. Since Meta is lower traffic, if someone here with less than 2000 rep wants to give me a heads-up, then edit one of my questions, I can try and approve it and see what happens, before anyone else reviews it. Jul 12, 2013 at 18:28
  • Test edit to this post done.
    – Joe
    Jul 12, 2013 at 18:29
  • @Joe - thanks, and check it out, I'm listed: meta.stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/15841#./…. So either it's restricted to SO, it was a complete fluke, or there's some subtle nuance that I'm just not aware of. Jul 12, 2013 at 18:31
  • I tried a Data.SE query relating to the above Suggested Edit, and I can't find the edit! I'm perhaps not doing it properly, or maybe the SE table doesn't work properly... or maybe something's weird about this one.
    – Joe
    Jul 12, 2013 at 18:32
  • Hmm, Data.SE isn't updated frequently enough to look at this yet, I guess. Oh well.
    – Joe
    Jul 12, 2013 at 18:38
  • Maybe upgrade this to a bug?
    – JDB
    Jul 12, 2013 at 19:22
  • That's obviously a bug. I've seen thousands of suggested edits, it always show who approved/rejected, be it user or Community account. Jul 12, 2013 at 21:31
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    Timeline: 15:17:24 posted; 15:20:18 proposed; 15:21:26 approved. My guess: the poster made an edit within the 5-minute window, clicking on the “edit” button after 15:20:18, and submitting his edit at 15:21:26. There's quite a bit of wonkiness regarding suggested edits concurrent with another edit, especially if that other edit involves the 5-minute window. If that's the case, you can't trust the diff: it's not what the suggestor proposed, it's the diff between the suggestion and the concurrently-edited version. Jul 12, 2013 at 22:16
  • @Gilles - that's actually a really good guess, I'd buy that, except the OP would have clicked Edit before it was proposed @ 15:20:18, correct? Either way, super wonky. Jul 13, 2013 at 3:30
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    I think someone dropped the table containing information about the approvers. Jul 13, 2013 at 8:49

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I created a SEDE query that shows the suggested edit for the first edit mentioned in the OP. There are no votes for it when I look at the SuggestedEditVotes table. There are votes for the other edit that user made, so it's nothing specific to the user.

This query shows all of the edits that exist with no approvals but an approval date that is not null. There seem to be a run of them at certain times - like 3/13 3:20:00 UTC - which suggests there's a database glitch or something like that where the table isn't properly updating.

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