It's currently not possible to edit posts where a suggested edit is pending; even if I've already placed an accept/reject vote, I just get a popup box when I click on 'edit' to approve or reject the edit. Normally this wouldn't be much of a problem, as the suggested edit could be approved or rejected - however, when the suggested edits system is turned off (as it is now) this results in posts being completely un-editable - e.g. Within resources in JAR

The suggested edits system should auto-reject all pending edits when it is disabled.

  • It is not disabled. We just supress the menu notification till 5 are pending
    – waffles
    Feb 5, 2011 at 9:49
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    Ah, interesting. In any case, though, low-rep users shouldn't be able to block edits by high-rep users by placing a suggested edit.
    – bdonlan
    Feb 5, 2011 at 9:50

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This has been possible for quite a while.

If you would like to edit a post that has a pending edit, you can click the improve button. This will automatically accept the edit and let you continue from there.

We are seeing about 80 or so posts a day, being "improved". That is, the edit suggestion did not go far enough. On the other hand approx 650 suggested edits are approved a day.

numbers subject to change as the system gets more popular

  • I've used it, and I love it. This was a source of frustration for me and the improve option is a great solution. Mar 16, 2011 at 4:30

I don't really believe that this is a solution to the problem, because the Improve button will only work if I wanted to accept the pending edit. If I wanted to reject it and then work from there, this doesn't really work out.

  • I want to be able to look at the original markdown just to see whether the edit was correct or not. I can't do that.
    – Neil
    May 4, 2012 at 21:02

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