An edit on Ask Different was approved, but how? The Approval page currently shows two rejects and only one approval. (It does not help that the two rejects are by top users on the site and the approval by someone with much lower reputation.)

How was this edit approved?

The answer noted in the comments says

Two accept or reject votes are required to remove the suggested edit from the queue and either apply the edit to the post or discard it.

So I am even more confused as there are two reject votes. So it should have been rejected by that logic - the logic I would hope for is a net score - so currently one for reject at the time the edit was accepted.

  • Seems odd if intended by the system, needs changing. Don't know what yop is, "Ye Olde Privileged/Programmers" perhaps.
    – W.O.
    Apr 10, 2023 at 17:28
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    Does this answer your question? How do suggested edits work? "The owner of a post [...] may cast a binding vote to accept or reject any modification of their post." Apr 10, 2023 at 17:30
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    That edit was approved by the user who owned that post Apr 10, 2023 at 17:34
  • @francescalus No for two reasons 1) That says "Two accept or reject votes are required to remove the suggested edit from the queue and either apply the edit to the post or discard it." 2) There are more rejects than approvals
    – mmmmmm
    Apr 10, 2023 at 17:36
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    @ElementsinSpace Ah that makes sense but the UI should make that clearer.
    – mmmmmm
    Apr 10, 2023 at 17:40
  • The bug is in the wording which does not mention the OP's ability to override the actions on their own post. This is indeed confusing, but that's how the system works and there's no bug in it. Apr 10, 2023 at 17:41
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    It should say, e.g. "user224124 reviewed this 1 hour ago: Override (Approve)". Apr 10, 2023 at 17:42
  • "If you believe the community decision on a suggested edit to one of your posts was wrong, you can override the outcome in certain cases." (from the same Q&A) covers what happens after two reject votes. Apr 10, 2023 at 17:42
  • @ShadowTheSpringWizard, do I also recall correctly that the "post owner background" highlighting should also apply? Apr 10, 2023 at 17:43
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    @francescalus that's something different, but yeah think there is such a bug report. Apr 10, 2023 at 17:46
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    I reported the issue of author highlight as an answer to the announcement at the time the review UI was changed to its current form, as the old review UI did highlight it, but it got no response. @francescalus Apr 10, 2023 at 18:06
  • @ShadowTheSpringWizard That is actually technically feasible, as the database review task result types (internal numbers used to indicate review types) are different for overrides as opposed to normal reviews. Apr 10, 2023 at 18:07
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    @Sonic that is lucky, almost as lucky as getting a response from staff when posting bug report or feature request under a fresh announcement. Only few get any attention, usually all thrown to their "backlog". Apr 10, 2023 at 18:19
  • @francescalus I reposted the answer as a new question as per staff instructions. Apr 11, 2023 at 16:57


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