I mistakenly clicked
Approve on an edit, where I intended to click
Improve. Now, even clicking
edit on the answer won't let me fix the mistake I had noticed. What should I do?
If the edit was truly bad and needs to be reverted entirely, you can view the post's revision history by clicking the text "edited ** min ago" to view the edit history, and then "rollback" on the revision you want to roll back to.
If it just needs minor changes, then edit the post again and make the changes. You can also do this from the review queue by using the Improve button.
If you weren't the last to approve the edit, such that it finally went into effect, remember that others also have to review the suggestion, so it may be ultimately rejected by others. If it's truly horrible, you can flag the post for moderator attention as a last resort.
It appears the answer in my particular case was:
- Wait for somebody else to approve the edit.
- Then click on edit to correct the mistake I had previously approved.
It might be the particular corner case I ran into is rare enough that it is ok to let mistakes slip through in that case, even though it could have been corrected before it got applied.