Related to Notify us when the question has been edited after posting an answer

I believe a notification that a question has been edited or re-tagged would be very useful. If I am in the middle of answering a question that is simultaneously edited, I might like to know whether the parameters have been redefined.

For example, I was in the middle of answering How to determine that there is date in the string or not with different date format? when the question was significantly changed. The OP rolled those changes back and asked a new question (kudos to him), but not all users would be so gracious.

  • I think I just saw this on SO (a little this has been edited notification) and it is a great feature. Well done! – Jeremy Thompson Apr 25 '12 at 5:55

I completely agree. This has happened so many times... I go through a long process of answering the question... only to submit it and see that the question has been edited to go in a completely different direction.

The solution you present would work quite well. I think retagging should be left alone, though. So often someone will just retag it to categorize it better - not to change the meaning of the question.

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    valid point about tags -- it would be much more advantageous to notify if a question is edited. – IAbstract May 15 '10 at 3:06
  • Welcome to the 1k club @George. :-) – The Unhandled Exception May 18 '10 at 21:12

Edit notifications for a post are now delivered via web sockets. I'm sure there will be a few tweaks as we learn how these new notifications impact usability, however, the framework for this is now in place.

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