In the past few hours I have been having a very bad experience on this website...
A puzzle was posted. I spent an hour and a half figuring out a solution and writing it down. I posted the answer. 15 hours later, I get a notification saying the post has been edited. just 5-6 words were changed but this entirely changed the question. The work that I put in was rewarded by multiple downvotes and some rude/irritating comments saying "but this is not what the question said." Someone else who put an answer before me which I proved to be incorrect was now getting all the upvotes, when they were literally incorrect. (I don't mean any disrespect for him/her, he/she is a very respectable person.) I asked the questioneer to revert to the previous edit but alas, he has refused. Intrestingly enough, he said that he didn't want to revert because it would hurt the other answer... (love the irony). Everything here can be verified through the history and comments on this post.
But I don't just want to vent--
I want to make sure this never happens to anyone else
So here's my proposed solution:
When someone makes an edit to a question:
- The top 3 answerers (with positive answer scores) must approve the edit before it is posted.
- These 3 people will recieve an email and a message in SE inbox
- They can only reject said edit on the premise that the edit made their answer wrong.
- If someone doesn't approve/reject in 15 hours, then it is assumed that they approve, but they can reject it at a later time.
- This rejection can be challenged, which would cause moderator intervention.
- Any other answerer can vote to reject, but this would not cause immediate change... it would just call a moderator.
- None of this applies to edits of tags
I have personally seen this happening to two people before me... I now regret not speaking up then... I'm sure anyone who's been around SE for a while has seen this as well. Sorry for the rant earlier but what happened was really frustrating. That's why I think it is an urgent problem that we should fix. I'd really appreciate community input on this. Thanks!