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Recently Trolls from anonymous account actively started participating in editing post and adding abusing words to it. Since those users are anonymous, we can't take proper action. But it should be doable to restrict anonymous user to edit any post.

One Example of one of these edits: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/20636

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    Related:meta.stackexchange.com/q/140935/260388
    – Pandya Mod
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 5:09
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    I think this feature should be fine, It's just a privilege that we are not supposed to give to anonymous user just like we restrict it for low rep registered users. @Pandya
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 5:20
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    I am shocked how could Suresh approve the edit.. is he the one who is trolling? like editing as anonymous and then approving from a high rep account?
    – Mr_Green
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 8:17
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    @Mr_Green I think it is done by mistake. I found another approve like this. Similarly, There was another suggested edit which was rejected as spam by one user but it was proper. Approved later by community. Commented May 18, 2018 at 7:41

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As well as the nice moderation, StackExchange also welcomes some contributions from unregistered users e.g. posting Q/A and improving posts. But unfortunately we have been getting trolls recently and hence we've been occasionally implementing the restriction for posts from unregistered users:

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Now, talking about anonymous attempt to inject trolls by editing posts, that is less harmful since it requires to pass from the review process. Obviously such trolls are subjected to rejection and insta-ban.

As mentioned in FAQ:

What about abuse or bad edits?

There are strict limits enforced. If a user (anonymous or registered) submits many rejected edits they will be automatically banned from suggesting edits. Anonymous users can also be instantly banned if they suggest an edit that trips a filter (explained below). Finally, moderators can manually ban users from suggesting edits.

In addition, in order to reduce the incentive for spammers to make spam edits that get rejected, suggested edit spam is hidden from logged-out users, so they can't show their clients public-facing pages with spam (so they won't get paid).

And rejection of anonymous suggested-edit as a spam is subjected to instant ban.

Because a large proportion of anonymous edits are spam or abusive, anonymous edits are heavily rate-limited and there is an extra filter that checks all anonymous edits. If your edit trips the filter, it will be silently disregarded and you will be instantly banned from suggesting edits temporarily.

Thus, there are very less chances for such trolls to enter into the system through improve this question or improve this answer button.


Likewise suggested to flag posts trolls, reject such trolls as spam whenever shown in the review queue.

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  • I still don't understand why to give anonymous user that privilege that we don't even give to registered user with less rep.
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 7:21
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    @TheLittleNaruto Registered users with less reputation can also suggest an edit.
    – Pandya Mod
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 7:30
  • @TheLittleNaruto Which privilege do you mean user with low reputation doesn't have but an unregistered one has?
    – Pandya Mod
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 7:31
  • Editing a post. That's what my question is about. Isn't it ?
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 8:25
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    @The Editing a post which goes to review is not a privilege. It is possible with 1 rep also. Q, A, edit are basic. Commented May 17, 2018 at 11:32
  • Ohk! But we can allow only privileged user to do edit, let's say if user earned 50 rep, he can do edit else not. @Sarv
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 12:15
  • @TheLittleNaruto why to place such restrictions at all? It will go throw review and we do have good reviewers so I can't see any issues. Commented May 18, 2018 at 7:51
  • Why not ? If it's reducing at least a little of unnecessary effort. @AnkitSharma
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:28
  • @TheLittleNaruto it's also eliminating the chance of useful feedback Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:36
  • @AnkitSharma Why? If someone wants to give a useful feedback, they can get registered and can give n number of feedback, no one is stopping 'em to.
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:40
  • @TheLittleNaruto but SE wants to give them freedom not force them to register Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:40
  • That's why I put a feature request :) @AnkitSharma
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:41
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    @TheLittleNaruto but still it feel unnecessary and doesn't seem that urgent to make SE do custom setting for a beta site. Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:43
  • You're right that it's not urgent for a beta site. Also I am not forcing anyone to enable it asap. I am just asking for a feature, Either it can be enabled or not, It's upto SE to decide. Proposing a valid request not bad, is it? @AnkitSharma
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:46
  • @TheLittleNaruto that's what meta is for but when we come to meta we have to be ready for reverse opinion/suggestions too. Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:48

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