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I just posted an answer. (Revision history here.)

I edited it a few seconds later (within my 5 minute grace period), and it comes up as a new revision!? Why?

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^^You can see 'answered 1 min ago', and then 'edited 1 min ago' - how is that possible?

Additionally, it's happened to this question as well!?

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I don't think this is a dupe of Reset question grace period once an answer has been posted. See my comments on AI.E's answer. If you're a mod, it will really help.

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  • Because I edited it before. So I'd already created a new revision. It can't include the edits you make after mine before mine, so it splits them up...? Or was this before I edited?
    – Tim
    May 3 '15 at 20:46
  • @Tim Wait? What!? There's a whole minute's difference between our posts! May 3 '15 at 20:47
  • Yeah, I see your point now! Could it be because of the amount you added? Does that make a difference?
    – Tim
    May 3 '15 at 20:48
  • @Tim It's happened to this question as well!? What's happening!!!!?? No, it's never made a difference before... May 3 '15 at 20:48
  • Post inception!
    – Tim
    May 3 '15 at 20:49
  • But the edit to the edit did combine - so the first grace was ignored, then the second was counted...
    – Tim
    May 3 '15 at 20:50
  • @Tim I see what you're saying, but I've edited posts before many times within my grace period and nothing like this has happened! May 3 '15 at 20:51
  • possible duplicate of Reset question grace period once an answer has been posted
    – gnat
    May 3 '15 at 20:53
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As Al E. correctly mentions, a new feature (implemented in March 2015) creates a new revision rather than rolling it into the previous edit when any one of several specific conditions are met:

  • The previous revision was created 5 minutes or more in the past
  • A comment has been added to the post since the previous revision by anyone other than the editor.
  • An answer has been added to the post since the previous revision
  • The previous revision was a rollback
  • The new revision is a rollback

(Source: Reset question grace period once an answer has been posted)

But you seem to dispute that these conditions exist:

None of those conditions are true for this question though

However, you are incorrect.

For the answer in question, the timestamp on your edit is 20:42:25Z. The timestamp on Tim's comment was 20:42:22Z. So while you may have started editing before Tim's comment, his comment beat your edit by 3 seconds. Once that comment was left, your grace period ended immediately.

And for this question, you have the same exact situation. Your first edit was committed on 20:46:25Z. Tim's first comment was at 20:46:24Z, beating your edit by a second. So again, the grace period ended as soon as Tim left his comment and your edit created a new revision.

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  • +1 good answer :) ! Side Q - what are the "z" next to the seconds? (I know they correct have seen them around the site)
    – James
    May 3 '15 at 23:12
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    @James Z = Zulu, which is a reference to UTC May 3 '15 at 23:14
  • Thanks :) I did not know about that. Interesting
    – James
    May 3 '15 at 23:18
  • Wow. Thanks for clarifying everything :) May 4 '15 at 8:34
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This is a change from back in March:

Reset question grace period once an answer has been posted

Edits will be rolled into the previous revision if the previous revision was created by the same author and none of the following conditions are present:

  • The previous revision was created 5 minutes or more in the past
  • A comment has been added to the post since the previous revision by anyone other than the editor.
  • An answer has been added to the post since the previous revision
  • The previous revision was a rollback
  • The new revision is a rollback

So, if someone answers or edits during the 5-minute-window, the grace period is immediately terminated.

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  • None of those conditions are true for this question though. May 3 '15 at 20:54
  • Sure it is. Tim edited it too.
    – ale
    May 3 '15 at 20:55
  • Deleted comment? Deleted answer? Only a mod can probably tease it out.
    – ale
    May 3 '15 at 20:57
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    There wasn't a deleted answer here, there could have been a comment tho...
    – Tim
    May 3 '15 at 20:58
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    @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ there was no deleted comments, Just bad timing. You lost the race to posting your edit in both cases by a matter of seconds. May 3 '15 at 23:00

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