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How do I use the Suggested edits queue?

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The primary purpose of the Suggested edits queue is to review edits contributed by users who have less than 2,000 reputation and determine whether the suggested edits are beneficial to the post. Suggested edits should focus on improving grammar, spelling, and formatting, all while maintaining the author’s original intent.

For users with 5,000 reputation, you may also see tag wiki edit suggestions in this queue. For more information about handling these reviews, see the approve tag wiki edits privilege page.

Basic workflow

Start by reading the edit summary and looking at the differences between the original post and the edit. Be sure to check the title (and tags, if it's a question) to see if they were edited, and check the comments section for any information that the author may have included only in comments.

  • Approve if the edit improves the post and doesn’t need any additional edits.
  • Select Improve edit if the edit is good but incomplete. Then use the post editor to fix any outstanding issues.
  • Reject if the edit is unnecessary, destructive, or counter to the original author’s intent.
  • Choose Reject and edit if the suggested edit makes the post worse or doesn’t solve critical issues with the post. Then add your own edit to improve the post.
  • Skip if you’re unsure whether the post was improved or not.

Common reasons to Approve

  • Adds additional information or clarifies existing answer
  • Improves grammar, spelling, or formatting of the post, or fixes other minor mistakes
  • Edits in information found in comments
  • Updates an answer if more information is available or something has changed
  • Adds links to sources or citations

Common reasons to Reject

When rejecting an edit, you’ll need to choose a rejection reason. These are a good outline for the reasons you may need to reject a suggested edit:

  • Spam or vandalism

    • adds irrelevant or unattributed promotional links or mentions of products
    • damages or destroys the content of the post
  • No improvement whatsoever

    • changes to content or formatting that are unnecessary or make the post more confusing
    • changes to grammar, spelling, or style that are unnecessary
  • Irrelevant tags

    • tags should clearly indicate the subject of the question; reject edits that add tags that are tangential or incorrect
  • Clearly conflicts with author’s intent

    • changes a post to say the opposite, or something very different from what the original post read.
  • Attempt to reply

    • introduces a request for clarification or question to the post’s author that should have been a comment or answer instead.
  • Causes harm

    • This reason can be used in cases where a suggestion should be prevented but none (or several) of the above reasons apply. You should explain why you are rejecting the suggestion so that other reviewers can understand your action.

Some of the content of this page is adapted from information in our Meta Stack Exchange FAQ, which also contains more in-depth guidance if you are interested in reading more about this queue.