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The scenario:

  1. An asker posts a question.
  2. A low rep user notices some improvements to the questions code, and edits them into the question.
  3. The edit gets accepted in the review queues.
  4. Another user notices the site policy invalidation and rolls back the edit.

All seems to be well, as the post has been edited to not go against should you edit someone else's code in a question?

However, this means that three, plus, users will continue to violate site policy. This is bad, as review queues are there to educate users on what is and is not allowed behaviour. And so allowing this to continue teaches new users they can do things they shouldn't.


How can we inform all users involved in incorrect reviews what correct site policy is?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I know you can ping editors. I am not sure about edit reviewers, I recall seeing a status-declined feature request to that part... \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 Jan 24 '18 at 13:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ I usually invite them to chat. Find their chat profile and get them in The 2nd. \$\endgroup\$ – Mast Jan 24 '18 at 13:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does this happen frequently? \$\endgroup\$ – Martin R Jan 24 '18 at 19:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinR I don't know, it happened today - and so I want to know how to handle it. \$\endgroup\$ – Peilonrayz Jan 24 '18 at 19:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinR Some reviewers do it all the time, so it depends a bit on how much such reviewers are active in a period of time and how active the 'proper' reviewers are. Not just his either, some reviewers are simply not doing their job. \$\endgroup\$ – Mast Jan 24 '18 at 20:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ I must to confess that I am the low-rep user that suggested the edit. As an explanation, I just want to say that I did it because on S.O. it annoys me that users post snippet code without proper indentation, specially because it takes just a single click on the button "Tidy"! Therefore, that was what I did... good to know the particular rules on CR, thanks again for explaining it. \$\endgroup\$ – Gerardo Furtado Jan 25 '18 at 5:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @GerardoFurtado Whilst you suggested the edit - that made me notice this issue - I don't think you're to blame. The two reviewers should have known better, and they may go on to create more situations like this. A simple message under the question to you is all that's needed to inform you of site policy, but I don't know how to do this for the two reviewers, that, IMO, need it most. \$\endgroup\$ – Peilonrayz Jan 25 '18 at 9:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you're concerned that the reviewers will continue to violate site policy and/or have done so in the past, you can flag the post for a moderator and link to the bad review in the description. Moderators can look at the reviewers' history and take appropriate action (including educating them) if necessary. (I'm a moderator on another SE site.) \$\endgroup\$ – Null Jan 25 '18 at 16:54
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Most importantly, you should reject the suggested edit with a good description about why it should be rejected, then you can just hope that other reviewers sees this decision somehow.

As said in the comments here on meta, you can flag a post for moderator attention and moderators can help educate users through some different ways.

Another way is to create meta posts, such as this one, to bring attention to the topic.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Perhaps adding some text in the reminder help on the review page? Something clarifying that "changes to the code" should be a reason to reject the edit. \$\endgroup\$ – 1201ProgramAlarm Feb 26 '18 at 0:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately "you should reject the suggested edit" was not possible, as it had already been approved. I can see how it may help, if that wasn't the case tho. \$\endgroup\$ – Peilonrayz Feb 26 '18 at 11:36

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