I have occasionally come across suggested edits which I believe should have been rejected but were accepted (and I have voted to reject them, but was outnumbered - how dare they disagree with me!). What should one do in this case?

For example, the edit made to this question changes the meaning of it. Of course, the edit may have changed the question to read what the OP meant to say rather than what they did say (my knowledge of linear codes has been lost to time, so I do not know), but I feel that the OP should still have had a say in this. On the other hand, the rest of the editing is good and should stay.

So, in the general case, what should be done? I understand that the OP gets informed of any edit, but of course if they are not a native English speaker then they might not realise the edit changes the meaning of the question. In the example above, I have left a comment pointing out the problem. Is there a better way?

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    $\begingroup$ You could elect to "roll back" a suggested edit if deemed necessary. I have done so for this case. $\endgroup$ Apr 12, 2013 at 11:14
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. In doing so I would then be going against the democracy. I did once do this to a post, only to discover the OP linked the edit. So I was left with egg on my face. $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ If you can defend yourself and say the rollback was justified, why not? The problem is that some people click on approve after only a cursory glance. Actually, scratch that; some don't even glance. Oi... $\endgroup$ Apr 12, 2013 at 11:18
  • $\begingroup$ Now that you brought it up: could you check and see if I did not dumbly change the question's intent with my edit? $\endgroup$ Apr 12, 2013 at 11:21
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    $\begingroup$ @J.M. I gave it a cursory glace. Looks good. $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:47
  • $\begingroup$ (And after a more rigorous inspection, it is fine.) $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:49
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    $\begingroup$ In addition to rolling back, it helps to add a comment explaining why you rolled back (it seems that roll backs, unlike normal edits, cannot have a change reason included). $\endgroup$ Apr 12, 2013 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ @Willie, sounds like a feature request is in order. :) $\endgroup$ Apr 12, 2013 at 12:56


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