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It would be helpful if I could get a little SE inbox notification when one of my edits has been rolled back. I know there are no consequences for a rollback, but I would like a notification so I could see why my edit was incorrect. This would give me a better understanding for the future. Is it possible to create this feature?


Edits and updates:

  • To my knowledge, this is not a feature yet so I am adding the tag.

  • A helpful comment pointed out that "Wikipedia does notify editors if one of their edits is reverted".

  • Kodos Johnson's answer mentions the follow feature, but my response would be: does it really make sense to follow every post you edit? It would be more helpful to just automatically get an update when a rollback on your edit happens.

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    Not that I get a lot of rolled back edits, but for the 1 or 2 times that someone has rolled back my edits (that I am aware of). – Nai45 Feb 2 at 22:54
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    Does anyone know if following a post causes a notification if a post is rolled back? If it does, perhaps that could be the answer. If not, I think that the logic should be updated so that a rollback on a followed posts causes a notification to be sent. – Cave Johnson Feb 2 at 23:56
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    @KodosJohnson You don’t get a notification when edits on your own posts get rolled back. See meta.stackexchange.com/q/317898/323179 (I asked that before you could follow a post like that, so I guess it would make sense to ask about followers getting a notification too in that post.) – Laurel Feb 3 at 0:07
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    I might add that Wikipedia does notify editors if one of their edits is reverted. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Feb 3 at 1:15
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I absolutely support this. If a user makes a few edits and a good chunk of them get rolled back, they should be notified why so they don’t continue filling the queues with bad edits.

A quote from you:

My response would be: does it really make sense to follow every post you edit?

No, it does not. I much prefer the idea of getting an update like with normal edits.

And in vein of notes for reopens/closures/edits on deleted posts, I would advocate being notified of a rollback on a deleted post for us 10K users.

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    This assumes good faith on the editors part. If that is not the case this could start a rollback war. – Luuklag Feb 5 at 7:27
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I think this would be a good use of the Follow feature. If you click the “Follow” link under a post, you get notifications for all sorts of interactions on the post. In my opinion this would be a good solution since you are actively opting in to receiving notifications.

However, a user mentioned in a comment that the Follow feature does not seem to send notifications for rollbacks. Hopefully that gets fixed.

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    If someone is making a substantial number of edits and a lot of them are being rolled back, they should be actively informed of that, because clearly they're doing something wrong. – Nij Feb 3 at 1:00
  • @Nij I thought about a bit and removed the part about users who make a substantial number of edits. But for now, I think the Follow feature would be a good option for those users who would like to keep tabs on their edited posts (whether this feature is implemented or not). – Cave Johnson Feb 3 at 1:39
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    Yes, follow is good for people who actively want to know. But there are many people who probably should know, and many people who don't know that they can know. – Nij Feb 3 at 1:59
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    I edit a lot of posts. I don't want to follow them, because then I'll get notified about everything that happens on that post, and I don't really care about 99% of the conversation that occurs under the post (there's often a lot, depending on the post). But I do want to know if someone thought my edit was bad enough to roll back, so that I can address that. – Ryan M Feb 3 at 7:35
  • @Nij "If someone is making a substantial number of edits and a lot are rolled back" > I think in such a case, notifying the person that makes the edits isn't as useful as perhaps an automatic moderator flag may be. After all, if there really is a problematic behavior here, having the user dismiss a notification and continue the behavior isn't going to solve it! If you're asking this because you've noticed such behavior, perhaps raising a moderator flag on one of the edited/rolled-back posts can work in the mean time :) – Tinkeringbell Feb 3 at 13:54
  • Are we not going to assume good faith then? A reasonable person is going to see a bunch of edits reverted, and think heck, why is that? am I doing something wrong? better check the guidelines again. If it continues after notification and continued revertion, sure, ping a mod for someone being a fool/tool/troll. Or why not both, and tell the user they're being reverted often, maybe do something about it, along with mod flags to say hey, someone to keep an eye on. – Nij Feb 8 at 3:53
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Besides the good reasons mentioned in the other answers, I would support this as useful in getting notified in potential "edit wars" with the OP.
Unless I am looking back frequently at a post I edited (e.g. corrected tagging), I cannot know, if my edits were rolled back (unjustified) by the OP or other users.

At least, if I notice such situation when I edited twice (rolled back the roll back), I usually flag for moderator attention.

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