I just created an answer. I started editing the answer just before the 5 minutes were up, and saved it just after the 5 minutes were up, so the system substituted 'added 231 characters in body' as the edit summary comment (the 'editorial' comment, explaining why the change was made). Normally (meaning 'in times past') you could reset the text of the comment by editing again and changing the comment. This morning, it won't let me do that.

This is not an improvement — please revert to the old behaviour where the edit summary comment can be edited too.


TL;DR — reproducible, but possibly intermittent.

(First seen with Firefox 23.0.1, reproduced with Chrome 29.0.1547.65, both running on Mac OS X 10.8.4, but on two different machines.)

I just created another answer to the same question as before, and I've now deleted it (so only 10K users can see it at all).

The sequence of operations I did was:

  1. Create the answer.
  2. Within a minute or so, edit the answer, but do not set the edit summary to anything, and do not save yet.
  3. When just over 5 minutes had elapsed from answer creation, I submitted the edit. It got an automatic edit summary 'added 606 characters in body'.
  4. Immediately review changes to answer — to see the automatic comment.
  5. Return to answer and edit it again (within a minute or so), and try to change the edit summary (only).
  6. Save the edit. Rereview the changes — automatic comment not changed.
  7. Return to answer and edit it again this time editing both edit summary and answer body.
  8. Save the edit. Rereview the changes — automatic comment not changed.
  9. Return to answer and edit it again, changing both body and edit summary.
  10. Save the edit. Rereview the changes — this time edit summary did change!
  11. Return to answer and edit it once more, recording disbelief.
  12. Save the edit. Rereview the changes — and the changed edit summary is still in effect.

I deleted the answer (since it was anything but an answer to the question), but 10K users can see what I wrote as I was reproducing it.

  • You could only ever change the edit summary during the grace window. You could never change it after it ended, as it would be creating a new revision.
    – Servy
    Sep 5, 2013 at 15:40
  • I know it was a new edit; but within the new edit's new 5 minute window, you could edit the comment, so when you saved your change without a comment because you hoped to squeak in within the original 5 minute window, but missed, you could set a meaningful comment. Now I can't change the comment of the new edit. (I'm not complaining about the 5 minute window; that's fine. I'm complaining that given that the original 5 minute window was missed and it was a new edit, I should be able to change the auto-generated comment to a more useful one, but today the system won't let me, but it used to). Sep 5, 2013 at 16:03
  • I'm pretty confident it has always been this way.
    – Servy
    Sep 5, 2013 at 16:05
  • I had this happen earlier today and I forgot to change the comment, I had to perform some additional edit to be able to change the auto comment.
    – Taryn
    Sep 5, 2013 at 16:07


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