Has anyone else noticed an influx in SPAMMY edit suggestions? I've just declined 2, one of which took me a while to realize it was indeed spam. Both came from anonymous users.

Obviously we need to stay on top of our edits, but is there anything we can do to limit this, say for instance not allow anonymous users to edit?


Here are the edits I was referring to:

https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/8341 https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/8334

... and another one:

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    What were the edits and how did you find them to be spam? Dec 7, 2013 at 18:11
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    Goodlord! I get your point..
    – benteh
    Dec 8, 2013 at 23:10
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    On the positive side, these'll put you on a good track for a reviewer badge :P
    – Brendan
    Dec 12, 2013 at 15:03
  • @Brendan - nothing wrong with that.
    – ckpepper02
    Dec 12, 2013 at 15:04
  • They seem to all be done by some user names ckpepper... hmmmm.... :)
    – Scott
    Dec 16, 2013 at 23:05
  • @Scott - you've foiled my plans!
    – ckpepper02
    Dec 16, 2013 at 23:07
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    Ck... you're not that stealthy.... we ALL see it !!! :)
    – Scott
    Dec 19, 2013 at 17:39

4 Answers 4


It's been discussed, and usually denied almost immediately. I personally am in favor of limiting anonymous edits where, say, most than 50% of the text has changed.


We have a complicated and sneaky system in place for dealing with spam edits. Keeping things vague for security reasons... the system basically figures out which edits are likely to be spam and blocks them. It learns from spam flags, so when there are spam edits, users should reject them specifically as spam.

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If the problem persists after a while, follow the protocol Tim outlines here.

  • Also, I discovered a little design bug in the process of writing this answer :)
    – hairboat
    Apr 23, 2014 at 21:42

There is an interesting post about this on SE's meta:

Can we do more to warn anonymous users away from invalid edit suggestions?

Unfortunately the question has no answers, but you could add your comment there to get more attention (especially if you have suggestions!).

Alternatively, adding the feature-request tag here will notify the SE overlords :)

  • careful what you ask for -- they may just slap another giant ugly and unreadable black bar on it and call it a day.
    – SnakeDoc
    Dec 13, 2013 at 23:09

I suggest that when declining an edit you have the option to mark the rejection reason as spam. If the user who suggested the edit gets a certain amount of edits marked spam there is a consequence. Like first one, warning, second one loss of rep, final one loss of privilege to edit. (This of course could be several more than three/several less). Whatever the overlords deem best :)

  • I think the system is something like this. We can mark it as spam and I think negative votes/closing/flagging all act against someone and restrict some of their options. I think I read something like this around here somewhere.. but I could just be imagining it. :)
    – Dom
    Dec 17, 2013 at 19:57

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