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) – John Dvorak Jul 10 '13 at 15:32
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    @JanDvorak - you know, it didn't sound right :P – LittleBobbyTables - Au Revoir Jul 10 '13 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 '13 at 15:42
  • Eeek. Where's Oded when you need him? – Undo Jul 10 '13 at 21:58
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    Could it have been approved by the OP? – Wooble Jul 12 '13 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. – LittleBobbyTables - Au Revoir Jul 12 '13 at 18:28
  • Test edit to this post done. – Joe Jul 12 '13 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. – LittleBobbyTables - Au Revoir Jul 12 '13 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 '13 at 18:32
  • Hmm, Data.SE isn't updated frequently enough to look at this yet, I guess. Oh well. – Joe Jul 12 '13 at 18:38
  • Maybe upgrade this to a bug? – JDB still remembers Monica Jul 12 '13 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. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 Jul 12 '13 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. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jul 12 '13 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. – LittleBobbyTables - Au Revoir Jul 13 '13 at 3:30
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    I think someone dropped the table containing information about the approvers. – Old Checkmark Jul 13 '13 at 8:49

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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