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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    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? Apr 21, 2015 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, 2016 at 17:50
  • This suggest is upvoted by 10% of the visitors ;).
    – another
    Nov 29, 2017 at 19:50
  • Why is this on the home page today? New, now deleted, answer? Jun 7, 2020 at 22:28
  • This issue/question has a workaround at meta.stackoverflow.com/a/307301 (and meta.stackexchange.com/a/308972). Does not solve the issue raised at meta.stackexchange.com/a/299747, though.
    – Henke
    Jan 26, 2021 at 5:52

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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.

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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, 2011 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? May 6, 2015 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 20:01
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    I like the "This is currently not possible." line. More than 7 years passed.
    – Georgy
    Nov 30, 2018 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, 2020 at 13:34

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.


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. Nov 4, 2018 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.

  • After an edit suggestion of mine had gained one reject vote, I tried editing again, manually reverting all of my changes. But this gave an error "Nothing appears to have changed." and I could not save the edit. Dec 9, 2020 at 9:16

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