I just reviewed an edit and rejected it because it looked wrong to me. The edit suggested a modification with respect to indices in some formula. https://mathoverflow.net/review/suggested-edits/43644. It was reviewed by two other people who accepted the edit. I feel the original post was correct and that the edit introduced an error. Can someone confirm I am not making a mistake? Assuming I don't, should I revert the edit?

I am new about the editing process. Some guidance would be welcome.

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    $\begingroup$ If you find a wrong edit, revert it. -- Besides, I think the suggested edits review queue is geared too much towards acceptance of edits. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 20:27

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On the specific case, I confirm the edit is not good, as the formula has incoherent indexing [and it is just not right, too] (and I rolled it back right away).

On the general matter:

  • Edits concerning the mathematical substance of a post should only be undertaken with great care. When in doubt on a suggested edit, do not approve the edit. If you feel not competent on the matter "skip," if you feel competent "reject" (possibly with a custom reason explaining the concern.)

  • If you notice such an edit. If you are confident the edit is not good "rollback" (possibly leaving a comment; you can @-notify editors of a post even though they are not suggested in the auto-complete.) If you are unclear about the merits of an edit, comment on it (notifying the editor).


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