See here: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/35774/revisions

The first edit I did through the editing page, but I realized I forgot to add [tags] and used the in-page editor. The two edits were 10 seconds apart, but the second one generated a new revision (not what I would have expected).

I'm not sure if this is a bug or by design. I'd prefer if there was an edit window in this situation, but I understand that it probably doesn't come up that often. I just figured to report it in case this is not what Jeff & company intended to have happen.

EDIT: Another case of no edit window here (revisions 2 and 3): https://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/52835/revisions

I used the inline tool for my edit, and the 2nd edit was within 5 minutes, yet it generated a new revision. Note also that the 2nd edit contained the exact same content as my edit, except for the commentary. When the post was at revision 3, I was unable to rollback to revision 2 (I think this is probably a separate issue, but just mentioning). (We have determined this behaviour is not isolated to the inline tag editing tool.)

UPDATE: Is this fixed now? That was actually an inline edit and two manual edits combined in one revision.

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    This also occurs when you use "retag" as a <2k, but not when you reach 2k and use "edit" to do naught but two retags.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jun 6, 2010 at 20:36
  • @ccomet: Interesting! Maybe there is already a bug report for this. Searching...
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 6, 2010 at 20:44
  • @ccomet: Hmm... can't find anything on it. Maybe no one noticed/cared. LOL
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 6, 2010 at 20:55
  • Hmm, I'd test it here but don't want to turn your question CW.
    – mmyers
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:11
  • @mmyers: I made a test question. You can edit it now since it's been up for > 5 minutes: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/52839/…
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:13
  • You're right, edits 9 seconds apart registered separately. Definitely looks like a bug.
    – mmyers
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:25
  • I want to test something with regards to the second portion of this question. Can someone start and complete an edit on the 52839 test question? (@mmyers to blink)
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:31
  • @ccomet: READYSETGO!
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:37
  • @ccoment: Oops. Guess I should have made a tag edit to be consistent. Oh well. We can try again if this doesn't work.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:38
  • @ccomet: That did it! I can't roll back to my edit either. Although, I think that actually debunks that the inline editing tool is to blame for the second revision in that case. I will edit the question here.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:40
  • @Jon It's not related to the 5 minute edit window (at least, I'm certain it isn't directly related). And I know exactly the steps to reproduce it (and have an appropriate answer typed out for it). Should I post this here, wait for you to post a new question, or instead post the issue as a question myself?
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:45
  • @ccomet: If you think it's worth it's own bug/issue report, go ahead and start one yourself (I need to get back to work); if not, then add an answer here. Thanks!
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:49
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    I found it was already reported (sorta), and posted it as an answer over there
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jun 7, 2010 at 19:27
  • Thought I'd just toss this out there, but on a random tangent, the strange simultaneous over-write thing which prevents you from being able to rollback? It seems to no longer prevent you from rolling back. Don't know under what circumstances this changed, but I noticed an old scenario in which it should've applied, and I no longer lack the ability to rollback.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Feb 16, 2011 at 19:41

2 Answers 2


This will be pushed in tonight's build.


This is definitely a bug. Still.

From playing with this a bit more through normal use, it appears that whenever you use the inline retagging tool, a new revision is created, regardless of whether or not the retag takes place during the 5-minute window or not.

So if I retag a question using the inline tool, realize I made a mistake and use the inline tool again immediately following the first edit, the second action will create a new revision. If I had used the inline tool for the first edit, then used the full edit page for the second one, a new revision is not created.

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