I love the new edit system. Even if I don't have enough reputation to perform immediate edits, I can now edit questions and answers to improve their grammar, spelling and structure, and one of the moderators can approve my edits.

Recently I've had a number of "edit clashes", i.e., while I'm editing a question, someone else edited the same question, made mostly the same modifications, and had their edit approved (or has 2000+ reputation).

In order not to give the moderators extra work sorting through proposed edits (and not to make myself look silly for proposing "very minor" changes), it would be nice to get a warning close to the Submit button that someone else has edited a question/answer at the same time and to be able to drop my edit from the queue.

Are there any plans to implement such a thing?
Edit: Since this feature is (sort of) implemented1, I would like to change this into a request to have the notification displayed closer to the Submit button, and to have the option the scrap an edit.

1) I overlooked the feature since I simply missed the notification bar at the top of the screen:

The "edit clash warning"

  • I have been getting such notification, I think it is already implemented. Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:08
  • @mzabsky: Perhaps I'm not looking in the right place. Could you take a screenshot and post it here next time you encounter it? I do think an extra screen to confirm such an edit would be appropriate and my desire to be able to "cancel" an edit remains...
    – oKtosiTe
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:22
  • Edit the post (the question) now, I have opened the edit screen. I will screenshot it for you :) Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:24
  • Made some minor modifications now. @mzabsky
    – oKtosiTe
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:26
  • @Arjan: Perhaps I need to rephrase that in a way that explains how my (impaired) eyes failed to pick up said notification. Is it possible to drop an edit?
    – oKtosiTe
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:34
  • Yes
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:40
  • My visual impairment won't help me in a sword fight... ;-) @Pollyanna
    – oKtosiTe
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:50
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    @OktosiTe I've heard that a little person, perched on one's shoulders, can help overcome visual limitations, and even give one an edge in such a situation.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 17:03
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    Since March 2011, a warning is shown after you save as well.
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 10, 2011 at 20:23
  • @Arjan: If you could post that as an answer, I would accept it. Thanks!
    – oKtosiTe
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 18:50
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    (Edited mzabsky's answer for that.)
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 19:11

2 Answers 2


Here you go - it is there:

Screenshot of edit warning

And a full-blown check while saving the post is in place since March 2011:

Screenshot of warning messages

  • As far as I know, it only checks every 30 or 45 seconds.
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:31
  • @Arjan Yeah, I'm aware of that. That's why I agree a manual confirmation of such edit would be nice. Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:32
  • That is very far away from the Submit button; no wonder I missed it. I ignore most notifications at the top, because "I'll get around it later"... @Arjan
    – oKtosiTe
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:36

This request is similar to Provide indicator that another user is editing a post, but that request has existed from before the new anyone-can-edit feature. The situation described in that question still exists, because users with enough rep can still edit freely without going through the edit approval process.

  • This isn't so much about the approval process as it is (or has become) about how users are warned about edit clashes.
    – oKtosiTe
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 13:15
  • Now that you mention it, the suggested edit stuff might raise a new issue: what if two low rep editors are editing concurrently? Normally a post would be locked once one low rep editor has queued a proposed edit. So, if two low rep users are editing (or one quick low rep user and one slower >2k user), is the 2nd save operation then rejected? Or also queued? (A rejection would annoy me, if I was trying to help...)
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 22:28

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