I make an edit, and type something in the Edit Summary box. Then I realise five minutes later that my edit summary was wrong. So I click on "edited 5 mins ago", and then on "edit" (with mouse-over text "edit this revision"). So now I can edit my edit. But if I only change the Edit Summary, my change gets lost. Is this a bug?

Test edit 1 (see comments) Test edit 2 (see comments)

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    $\begingroup$ If it's five minutes ago, the grace period is over. Then if you edit the body, you create a new revision. Thus I wouldn't be surprised that if you try to only change the edit summary, that is intentionally discarded after the grace period. Within the grace period, changing the edit summary alone should work, I think. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ @aniel: Perhaps it was three minutes. But it let me into the edit-editing page. I am about to try it here. Hold on a sec... $\endgroup$
    – TonyK
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, it is as I thought. The Edit Summary can only be changed if you change something else at the same time. $\endgroup$
    – TonyK
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 14:30
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    $\begingroup$ Similar question on MSE. $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 14:35
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    $\begingroup$ If it's within 5 minute period, just add extra space at the end of the question -- this is enough for edit to be recognized, and the edit history entry changed. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 15:09

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This is kinda intentional; if you don't change anything, it feels odd to record a change record. Indeed: you can't edit the revision history, but in the general case, that is probably a good thing anyway. I'm not sure this is going to cause a real problem very often - or at least, it seems more likely to be misused by changing revision reasons.

As a rule of thumb, I would say:

  • if there is something else meaningful to edit, and you really really want; make another edit and clarify there
  • but otherwise, probably best to just live with what was recorded at the time
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    $\begingroup$ But some of us just hate to leave misprunts lyign aruond. $\endgroup$
    – TonyK
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 15:06

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