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This question kind of proceeds from a comment I made on another thread yesterday. At the time I commented I had just been blocked from editing but I hadn't explored the functionality further.

I have just used the improve feature for the first time. I edited the pending edit, then when I pressed save the revised question was posted, with me as the latest changer. I wasn't expecting that. I now read the relevant FAQ but it doesn't discuss improve.

I have gone into the question and the edit history lists the junior editor and me as two separate changes. So, my question is, does this mean the junior editor still gets credit (i.e. the two rep points) for their contribution to the revised text?

And, as I type, a second question occurs to me: doesn't this behaviour subvert the whole "two votes to approve" thang?


I'm tagging this as a bug because I think the FAQ ought to be clearer. Yet seemed too trivial for a feature-request.

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  • Yes, the original editor gets the credit.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 15:50
  • Did the fact that you can edit the FAQ yourself to include the missing information escape you? How ironic... Commented May 30, 2011 at 15:51
  • retagging this as discussion, feel free to edit the FAQ if you wish
    – waffles
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 2:03
  • @CodyGray - I fear your understanding of irony is on a par with that of Alanis Morisette. I don't understand how the Improve function works. That's why I'm asking the question. So it would be irresponsible of me to edit the FAQ to address the topic.
    – APC
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 6:05
  • @Waffles - incidentally, I edited my question yesterday (minor spelling) for which I got +2 rep. Is that correct?
    – APC
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 6:13
  • @APC the 2 rep was for accepting my answer :)
    – waffles
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 6:29
  • @Waffles - I have edited the FAQ using information from this thread.
    – APC
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 6:43
  • @Waffles - duh, of course it was 8-)
    – APC
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 7:22

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[D]oes this mean the junior editor still gets credit (i.e. the two rep points) for their contribution to the revised text?

Yes, it does ... you can review the list if you have 10k and look for any patterns of abuse. I see no abuse there.

And, as I type, a second question occurs to me: doesn't this behaviour subvert the whole "two votes to approve" thang?

Well, in my opinion, no. What this means is that if you are willing to go the extra mile and further improve a post you are given special privileges. Everything is traceable back to you if you abuse the system. We can find all the people that have an itchy trigger finger on the improve button.

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  • I presume the Improve feature is open to any 10k user?
    – APC
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 6:09
  • Or is it any user with full edit rights?
    – APC
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 6:18
  • @APC its available to all people with full edit rights
    – waffles
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 6:28

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