I asked a question with bad grammar and poor quality because I have poor English skills. Another experienced user edited my question. I really appreciated his editing and am very grateful to him.

But one day later, my question is not on the "Active" list. I would like my question to still appear active, so I edited it. The question lost the previous question editor. My question status has changed to active and shows it was edited by me just a few seconds ago.

I don't want this because I assume the previous question editor has lost some reputation. How can I make my question active without losing the previous question editor? I know I could add a bounty, but I don't want to do that.

  • Editing may become adding a single space... without changing any statements.
    – Cataclysm
    Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 9:46
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    Your edit will not revoke the +2 reputation from the previous user who suggested an edit(if below 2k and didn't accumulate 1000 rep from edits yet). In case it was a user higher than 2k reputation, the user would have never got any reputation for the edit, so there is nothing to lose at all.
    – Rahul
    Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 9:47
  • @R.J Can I read any messages about with it ? Has any link for it ?
    – Cataclysm
    Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 9:49
  • I think you may want to read this, How do suggested edits work.
    – Rahul
    Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 9:50

2 Answers 2


I believe you mean this question of yours?

No worry, the previous edit is kept safely in the revisions list, just one click away: (on the "edited" part)

The editor's reputation is also safe, once his edit was approved he got +2 and it's taken back only if the post is deleted.

Bottom line: edit at will, you will appear as the last editor but all previous editors still have their place of honor.

  • Cheers @Cat, just familiar with the system, no additional eyes here... ;) Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 10:34
  • @michaelb958 here you go, keep it in a safe! ;) Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 11:13
  • @ShaWizDowArd It doesn't feel like that recently that I had to suggest edits... Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 11:21

You are indicating a behavior that is not exactly welcomed in SO:
Do not suggest minute (small) edits just to "bump up" your question in the "Active" list.

However, if you have a real edit to make you can just do it -- you need not fear for previous users who edited your question, because:

  1. You can always see "edit history" of each post (the "edited XX ago" is actually a link to the post's revisions).
  2. If any reps were earned by the previous user who edted your post - these reps stays with him/her and he will not loose them. See R.J's comment.

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