I was looking through the Suggested Edits -> Rejected section of the 10k tools on Retrocomputing and noticed something odd: a tag wiki was rejected, but no users made the rejection:

Rejected Edit

Here is the review link.

How could have this edit been rejected by no one? Was the edit pending when the tag wiki was orphaned (the tag was deleted)? Is this intended behavior? Are suggested edits to tag wikis automatically rejected when the tag is deleted?

  • Why would you want to keep around a pending suggested edit to a tag that has been deleted?
    – Servy
    Dec 8, 2016 at 20:57
  • @Servy I wouldn't, but I would just like clarity around this behavior. I would assume something like this would be rejected by the Community User with the message "tag was removed" or something like that.
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 20:59
  • Then ask that in the question; asking why there isn't a good message makes sense, but asking why we aren't keeping around edits to a deleted tag should be rather self evident.
    – Servy
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:01
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    @Servy I'm not asking "why we aren't keeping around edits to a deleted tags." I'm asking "Who rejected this suggested edit to an orphan tag wiki? Was this suggested edit delete by the system?" You obviously didn't read my question.
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:02
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    @Servy: It really isn't self-evident at all; approved suggested edits are not removed in any way when the tag is deleted, and suggested edits to posts continue in the queue until they're handled. Dec 8, 2016 at 21:33
  • @NathanTuggy You don't consider it self evident why you wouldn't want to continue reviewing edits of a tag that no longer exists? Okay, so why would we want to continue reviewing edits of a tag that no longer exists? Posts are only ever soft deleted; the post still is there to be edited; tags are hard deleted, when they're gone, they're gone. There isn't even anything to apply the edit to.
    – Servy
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:36
  • @Servy I don't think we want to keep reviewing these edits, but the system's current behavior (including keeping orphaned wiki revisions around!) makes it reasonable to expect that behavior, and feature requests to remove rep etc from orphaned excerpts have been largely ignored. Dec 8, 2016 at 21:44
  • @NathanTuggy how can a user submit an edit to the orphan wiki? I just get a 404 error when I try.
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:53
  • @JAL: You can't, as far as I know. You can see past revisions if you have the URL, and past suggestions do contribute to current rep. For posts, a suggestion will remain in the queue until it's handled. Dec 8, 2016 at 21:55

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Nobody rejected it. It's not a rejected edit. It became unreviewable because the tag no longer existed while the edit was still pending, and thus there was nothing to connect it to anymore. There is a process that automatically kills off review tasks that are no longer needed. For suggested edits, this commonly occurs when the post (or in this case tag) gets deleted before the edit is fully reviewed.

To emphasize: it is not rejected and does not count as a rejected edit anywhere. It is simply an invalidated task.

  • So is this a bug with the 10k tools then? From what you are saying it shoul say "invalidated" not "rejected."
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:03
  • @JAL Yes it should. Or just not show the edit there at all.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:04
  • Thanks animuson, follow up bug report here.
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:09
  • You said that this edit was not rejected, but there is a rejection that appears on the user who suggested the edit's profile: retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/users/107/…
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:11
  • That's another bug, the suggestion is listed as a rejected edit, and there is no title for the suggestion. It just says "rejected edit on "
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:13
  • Another follow up bug report about the incorrect rejection, as well as the display issue on the user's profile: meta.stackexchange.com/q/287930/242209
    – JAL
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:21

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