Is it possible that if I make edits to questions that someone with rights to edit them without review could see them and submit them as their own to gain additional points for the update?

I have noticed on a few threads before across the network that after submitting edits and revisiting the question later, the edits have been implemented but by someone else. They are always the exact same edits as well which is an odd coincidence.


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There is an option when reviewing an edit to improve the edit before approving it. This is useful for correcting a minor mistake or clarifying something before submitting the edit. There is a check box that says something to the effect that the edit was useful before the reviewer's improvement. If this is checked (as it is by default) then the original editor's changes as well as the reviewer's changes show up in the edit history.

I'm not even sure that users who can edit without review even gain reputation points for editing a question or answer. I edit things fairly frequently and I can't remember the last time I gained any reputation points for doing an edit. I think you only gain any points if your edit is approved by a reviewer.

The other thing is that if a user who has 'edit without review' privileges does their own edit the change appears immediately. If they are the first to approve another user's edit the changes do not appear until another user also approves the edit. This edit could languish for hours, days, weeks, or even forever if another user never approves the edit. Once an 'edit without review' user has approved another's edit, it seems that they are locked out of making any of their own edits to the post. Sometimes the user with 'edit without review' ability may feel strongly enough that the edit needs to be enacted immediately and will do their own separate edit for that reason. As pointed out above, no reputation points are awarded when an edit does not need to be reviewed by other users.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I can confirm that once you are able to edit without review, you stop getting points for edits. \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ Henderson Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 15:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ And further with the rep points, the original editor still gets the 2 points for each edit even though a reviewer improved the edit, as long as the reviewer ticked the checkbox "the edit was useful". It is ticked by default. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 17:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's also often the case that a well-meaning edit suggestion overlooks major grammar errors, or neglects the chance to improve the question's tags. And usually while I'm at it, I take the fact that the edit is going to bump the question anyway as an opportunity to continue my little obsession with making question titles actually reflect the core of the question, in question form. (Makes it so much easier to find things later!) \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 3:33

Sometimes it may happen a user with immediate edit rights has edited a post at the same time that another user has suggested an edit to the same post. This happened to me half an hour ago with @Pouya editing the same post. His edit was sent in 45 seconds before I finished with my editing.

When I sent my edit forward, the system told me there was a pending edit suggestion to that post. Apologies to Pouya, but I did not know how to handle that case. Because I also noticed the suggested edit was not as complete as mine, I just went forward with my own.


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