I still remember the time as I was able to approve suggested edits. Then at some point my approvals start require an agreement of a further user.

The only possible reason for this restriction I can imagine: once I approved a good edit but to the moment of the approval some other user has edited the post and the edit which I have approved (and which suggested essentially the same changes) was undone.

But this is only a suggestion which I would like now to resolve. Therefore my question: what is the exact reason for this restriction and when will it end?

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    $\begingroup$ When you vote on a suggested edit, after someone else has, as well, and your votes agree, then it appears to one that they alone approved the edit. (Also, any third voter an a review which had two opposing votes accept/decline, then as the third vote, you are the tie breaker. But unless editing and voting a post, *every review requires a minimum of two reviewers. $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Apr 13, 2021 at 15:01

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You can find details about suggested edits in the FAQ post: How do suggested edits work?

It was always the case, that approval or rejection of a suggested edit requires two users. Two notable exceptions are:

This is a good thing - it is better if more than one user sees the proposed edit and

If you check your past reviews on your profile page, you can see that there were in many cases two reviewers. You can also use this SEDE query which shows only suggested edits. (On your profile page, you get all reviews. Keep in mind, that SEDE is only updated once a week.) Another place where you can see your past suggested edit is the history in the review queue - where you can choose to display your own reviews.

To add some examples:

  • 1560475 is a suggested edit on your post, so you were able to approve it singlehandedly.
  • 1548484 is a suggested edit on a post by different user, there were two reviewers.
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    $\begingroup$ Hard to imagine that a long time I was always the second or third person to approve an edit, and now as a rule - the first one but there can be obviously no other explanation. Thanks for the answer. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Apr 13, 2021 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ @user at first you can only approve edits on your own posts. Thus at first it will always be a direct approval. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Apr 13, 2021 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ @quid I did not mean edits on my own posts. This has happened only once so far. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Apr 13, 2021 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ @user alright, but see math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1003567 you were first to review.and it took 15 minutes to get approved after that. Maybe you did not pay attention to it back then. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Apr 13, 2021 at 21:34
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    $\begingroup$ @quid I cannot tell you what was there three years ago. I can only admit that I possibly did not pay attention to the issue back then. I have no other explanation at the moment. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Apr 13, 2021 at 21:42

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