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We regularly get flagged about specific users who are submitting a series of really bad edits. Normally, enough rejected edits for these users would trigger a timed edit ban by the system. However, as we all know, there can be bad reviewers out there who approve even these terrible or vandalizing edits.

One such user was flagged today who has had 29 suggested edits rejected, many over the last few days, but was never banned because a few of these edits were approved (several of the reviewers responsible will not be doing so for a little while). Moderators currently have no means to manually ban the user from suggesting more, unlike the manual bans we can impose on reviewers.

I believe moderators should have the capability to manually ban certain users from suggesting edits for a duration, again like we can for bad reviewers. Our current options are too heavy-handed, such as moderator messages or even account suspension. Both of these leave permanent marks on a user's account, and I can say from experience that moderator messages aren't always read.

Can we add this tool to our other options for dealing with bad editors?

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+1 Anything to reduce robo-review-spam. –  Amal Murali Feb 18 at 17:13
I think this would really help in situations where there are edit wars as well. –  Travis J Feb 18 at 17:14
This is... a good idea. If userLoony27 can be banned from posting questions , it follows userLoony27 may also be banned from edits –  Adel Feb 18 at 17:14
Also throw in the ability for a mod to insta-reject all pending edits from such users. –  Servy Feb 18 at 17:14
@Travis J: Indeed. There are some either really stubborn or really stupid users who keep suggesting the same edit to the same post over and over again until it gets approved by some unwitting robo-reviewers. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 18 at 17:24
25 upvotes in 17 minutes - that's a nice takeoff ;-) –  Adel Feb 18 at 17:30
I've stated this in the Tavern, but I want this to be expanded to just a plain edit ban that could be applied to users whether they can suggest edits or not. I've seen users who do have edit privileges make a series of really bad edits. I'd also enjoy a similar UI to normal suspension, where we could send a mod message along with the edit ban, with a list of messages that are specific to editing. –  animuson Feb 18 at 17:54
@Lamak We can already manually suspend users from reviewing, which would cover that. –  animuson Feb 18 at 18:50
Why suggested edits specifically? The bad editors don't magically stop at 2000 rep. –  Gilles Feb 18 at 19:13
@Gilles most stop when they realize they don't gain rep from it anymore. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 28 at 7:28
@Gilles After 2000 rep <strike>if</strike> when folks keep making bad edits they have surely been approached about it a couple different ways and it't time to suspend them from ALL site privs until they take the site guidelines seriously. In other words there is a ban for those cases already, and because there is no rep gain most of the motivation is gone anyway. We have systems for most of the remaining issues. –  Caleb May 2 at 21:12
My god… I didn't know what mods couldn't review ban. Well, +1. –  bjb568 May 11 at 20:08
@bjb568 it's not related to review, they can ban from reviewing for a while now, it's about blocking users from editing i.e. suggesting edits when they have <2k rep. (it happens automatically when enough suggestions are rejected, but with the robo reviewers it's quite useless) –  Shadow Wizard Jun 25 at 14:51
@JanDvorak: Related to that: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/194571/… –  U2744 SNOWFLAKE Jul 14 at 3:44
Discussing this now, my good sir (and I refunded @minitech's bounty). –  Jarrod Dixon Jul 18 at 19:06

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