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Why multiple approvers for proposed edits

I've come across what seems to be a strange behavior of stackoverflow:

  • I have the privilege to edit other user's questions. When I do so, it does not need to be approved and other people see the edited question.
  • When an edit of a question needs to be approved (I guess because the editor does not have sufficient reputation), I can approve that edit. Still the edit needs to be approved by a second user. Until then, people see the original version of the question.

What is the reason behind this? In my opinion, someone who may edit a question without the need for approval should be able to approve an edit such that no second approval is necessary.

  • 1
    may be to prevent accidental clicking?
    – YOU
    Mar 25, 2011 at 8:03
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    The approving an edit will also add reputation to the editor.
    – Konerak
    Mar 25, 2011 at 8:15
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    For a dedicated user, approving a bad edit is a lot easier than performing it. Mar 25, 2011 at 8:35


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