Edits made by users who do not have edit privileges are placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed.

E.g., I edited someone else's answer. but changed my mind. If I'd edited my own question/answer, there would be a "Rollback" button, but there's no such button in the scenario I'm describing (at least none that I can see).

This is more relevant today because users can only have at most five edits waiting in the queue, and allowing one to cancel an edit would permit them to free up one of their five pending edits for something else.

Is there a way to remove one's edit from the peer review queue?

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    snippedy snip – unrelativity Sep 5 '11 at 1:09
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    What happens if you submit an edit, then edit the post again and choose the original version from the drop-down box at the top? – Blacklight Shining Apr 21 '15 at 3:09
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    @BlacklightShining Tried this. It tells "Nothing has changed." and rejects. Looks like stackexchange makes a diff against the original content of the answer, not against my last edit. – geekQ Dec 21 '16 at 17:50
  • This suggest is upvoted by 10% of the visitors ;). – another Nov 29 '17 at 19:50
  • Why is this on the home page today? New, now deleted, answer? – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Jun 7 at 22:28

This is currently not possible.

A single rejected edit will not penalize you, but note that having too many rejected edits in a short period will block you from suggesting any more edits for a few days.

If you wish to see this feature, you may wish to add a tag to this question.

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    Well, I guess this feature would be useful. Added the tag. – tiago2014 Feb 28 '11 at 5:23
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    A sufficient amount of rejected suggested edits can block the user from suggesting more. Worth noting, but not really a concern in this case. – Tim Post Sep 5 '11 at 3:21
  • "In any way"? I thought enough rejections led to an automatic 7-day ban. Does this post need to be updated to reflect changes over the past four years? – Damian Yerrick May 6 '15 at 16:49
  • @TimPost I made an edit, but then I realized I didn't read correctly, so it will get rejected for sure. What do you mean it's really not a concern? – Honey Aug 23 '16 at 19:36
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    @Honey An edit that's surely to be rejected is nothing to worry about. A bunch of them in a row is :) The system won't penalize the occasional mistake - we all do that. Time is also a factor, the system will forget all about an oops relatively soon. – Tim Post Aug 23 '16 at 19:46
  • :) I already had 2 rejects before. But overall I have ~%50 approvals. I know it's an edge case, but still its one that can easily be avoided if the system is there to handle. This post is already 5 years old btw. Does it always take that long for something to change? – Honey Aug 23 '16 at 20:01
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    I like the "This is currently not possible." line. More than 7 years passed. – Georgy Nov 30 '18 at 11:28
  • @TimPost I also requested a similar feature on Physics Meta SE in this question. Are there any chances that this feature will be incorporated in near future? If not, then why? If yes, then when? Thanks! – user668734 Jan 1 at 13:34

One thing you can do is flag the edited post for moderator attention and indicate that you made a suggested edit and had second thoughts.

If you do this, one of a few things might happen:

  • A moderator catches the edit before it is approved and simply declines it
  • A moderator intentionally makes a concurrent edit, causing your edit to be automatically rejected as an edit conflict and thus not count negatively towards you
  • A moderator rolls the post back for you
  • A moderator catches whatever made you think twice and corrects it

This could be treated as a temporary solution, until such a feature to the edit system is discussed / implemented.

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    On Stack Overflow, the only outcome would be “declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention” — that's what happens when there's a way for non-♦ users to resolve the situation (in this case, all it takes is 3 users to vote on the edit and one to roll back if it got accepted). Moderators on other sites are likely to go and do the rejection/rollback. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Aug 8 '15 at 8:53
  • I followed that suggestion just now to an edit to this answer. – molecoder Jul 14 at 7:55

This would be quite helpful -- not allowing a cancel of an edit doesn't give you a good feeling about knowing that it will be rejected, and it has to take a search here, far far away from the land of not-meta-sites to actually realise that it doesn't actually negatively impact your rep in any way.

And if it is approved, that's worse, because you need to go back to the question (if you even remember what it was) to rollback your edit -- and presumably wait for it to be approved/rejected - again.

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Another reason to revoke your edit is, to be allowed to submit a more substantial edit. Currently, I have five edits in the queue, and some of them are clearly going to be rejected. If there were a way to remove them from the queue, then I could make a few more edits, which are going to be more contributing than those that are about to get rejected (eventually).

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    If it's to the same post, you can edit your suggested edit, and those edits will be folded into your prior suggestion. – Sonic the Masked Werehog Nov 4 '18 at 22:21

I have made countless edits with mistakes, and I have always able to revert them.

If you notice the incorrect edit just after clicking "Save Edits", then you can fix it by going back to the previous page, or clicking "edit" again. If you do this, you will be redirected back to the editing page, where it will be saved at the last edit you made. Just make your necessary changes and "Save changes" again. You'll effectively be editing your suggested edit; any edits you make will be merged into your prior suggestion.

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