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The review queue for suggested edits can be flawed sometimes. I recently had a suggested edit rejected, so I made a meta post about it, people agreed with me and someone made almost the exact same edit. In a way the system works.

However, this system creates noise on meta and takes much longer than necessary. In my opinion, a lot of the time the problem is that reviewers don't take enough time when reviewing suggested edits. This is understandable, since there are tons of suggested edits to review on some sites and people don't have unlimited time. Also, most of the time a quick glance tells you what you need to know to make an accurate review. If you see some code blocks being removed, the edit likely wasn't warranted.

Except when it is. In that case the editor probably hopefully left a hint that the edit was warranted in the edit summary. Sadly edit summaries don't exactly demand a ton lot of attention in the suggested edit review queue:

edit summary in review queue

The red circle might actually improve the situation, but leave that away and the eye is drawn towards the title of the question and the red and green patches. But instead of hand-drawn red circles, I'd prefer a solution that goes more in the direction of:

suggested solution

This way, the summary demands the attention it deserves.

To make it even better it could only appear this large if the editor actually typed the summary themselves and leave them as they are now when it's an auto-generated one. That way, they don't unnecessarily draw the eye in when they contain no useful information and stand out even more when they do.

Apparently suggested edits must have a custom summary.

  • From my experience, as a user not over 2k on any site, I've never had the editor auto-generate a comment unless it was on my own post. Also from my experience browsing... Most users, at least on SO, don't put a useful edit comment, so it would usually contain no useful information anyway. (e.g. "Fixed formatting" when several word changes were made, "Fixed grammar" and changes to code/formatting are made, etc.) – Kendra Feb 19 '16 at 20:43
  • I think they used to be highlighted yellow...? – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Feb 19 '16 at 20:49
  • @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Not sure, I think that's in the preview, not while reviewing. – Marshmallow Feb 20 '16 at 14:36
  • "if the editor actually typed the summary themselves" Auto-generated edit summaries are not possible for suggested edits. Leaving the edit summary blank on a suggested edit doesn't allow the edit to be submitted. – grg Feb 20 '16 at 15:31
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    @Kendra: That might start a trend of rejecting edits with terrible summaries, which might not be the worst outcome. – Nathan Tuggy Feb 20 '16 at 21:59
  • @NathanTuggy I certainly wouldn't argue against that outcome. – Kendra Feb 22 '16 at 16:31

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