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Why multiple approvers for proposed edits

I have about a zillion rep on SO. I can edit pretty much anything anywhere without needing approval...with one exception. If a low-rep user makes an edit to a post (for example, to improve formatting), I can "approve" that edit but the edit still doesn't take effect until another user also approves it. If I have enough rep that I could have simply made the edit myself in the first place (without requiring approval), why does the edit need a second vote to take effect?


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If you are sure about the your edit alone is enough, use "Improve" button and don't touch the content of post but Save it, Community User will approve it in one shot.

Edit: Above method does not work anymore. Now, "Improve" button need real changes.

  • I'll try that next time this happens. Who is the edit attributed to when this technique is used? Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 1:10
  • Only Community user there, @Greg, for eg., stackoverflow.com/suggested-edits/27046
    – YOU
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 1:13
  • @Greg: The edit is attributed to the user who made the original edit; Community gets the credit for the approval.
    – Gabe
    Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 5:46
  • @Gabe, @YOU: Phew!!! Is this by design?? You can approve the edit alone, and noone can even see it was you??? @YOU: Are you sure that suggested edit went this "workaround-single-accept" way? (Sorry for all the !??, I'm stymied.) See also: Can “Improve” edits not count towards the CW count? Commented Apr 4, 2011 at 15:50
  • This will add two edits to the question, pushing it further towards CW. The first will be attributed to the low rep user, the second to the high rep user. The approvals will be by the community user. Commented Apr 5, 2011 at 17:16
  • @Andrew, that's NOT correct, see the revisions - stackoverflow.com/posts/5372515/revisions - there is no two edits.
    – YOU
    Commented Apr 5, 2011 at 23:18
  • @YOU: It's not? Then I apologise for the noise (and I've taken back the downvote). Clearly extrapolating behaviour is not reliable here! Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 8:32
  • @Andrew, yeah, its not, SO ignore the edit if there is no changes. But I am agree that it is not reliable, looks abusable, but people don't abuse, because they know its hard to earn 2000+ reps.
    – YOU
    Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 8:35
  • @YOU: The problem (IMHO) is not about ab use, but just about use! I would have been afraid to do this because I would have thought that it added two edits. Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 8:48
  • @Andrew, I see. Just for note, why I said it is abusable is, Anonymous user could destroy or sugest something bad, and 2000+ user could use "Improve" button, and then there is "Anonymous User" and "Community User" in the revisions list. Other users wouldn't notice who did that.
    – YOU
    Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 8:55

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