Currently when two users attempt to suggest an edit, the user that submits theirs last may receive this error:

"This edit would have to be a suggested edit."

As has been brought up before, this error message isn't very user-friendly. It also isn't very functional. What if I want to see what edits the other user is suggesting? I am not a 2K+ user so I'm not sure if higher-rep users encounter this, but if they did wouldn't it be nice to have a quick way to review the suggested edit? If we took the time to suggest an edit, leaving us with an empty bag and no ability to follow-up on the post isn't a great user experience.

How about something like this instead:

"A suggested edit has already been made by StackExchangeUser."

Maybe with different flavor text depending on the viewer's ability to review a suggested edit (a <2K user may just want to view the suggestion, while a >=2K user may want to participate in the review), but hopefully this is enough to start a discussion on improving this functionality.

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    The "edit" link on the post links to the relevant review queue item for 2k+ users if there is a pending suggested edit.
    – Servy
    Sep 14, 2013 at 17:55
  • @Servy Good to know. It is greyed out for us that aren't, which is unfortunate because sometimes I would like to see other suggestions even if I can't assist with the review yet. Sep 14, 2013 at 17:57
  • @HyperAnthony Somebody asked the same question here, and it was marked as a duplicate as the one I linked before.
    – user215114
    Sep 14, 2013 at 18:01

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This error message should never appear to users with full editing rights - their edit would just quietly reject the pending suggested edit upon submission.

Since the only folks who should ever see this by definition can't approve others' suggested edits, providing them with a link to the edit is rather pointless.

We have, however, tried to clarify the error message a bit.

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