When an anonymous user makes a suggested edit, it appears to be made by the Community user. When this happened to me, I was very confused, because the changes didn't look like they could have been made by an automated process.

I suggest two changes: update the Community user's profile description and make it more obvious that the change was really an anonymously suggested edit.

Here's the current profile:

Hi, I'm not really a person.

I'm a background process that helps keep Stack Overflow clean!

I do things like

  • Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention
  • Own community questions and answers so nobody gets unnecessary reputation from them
  • Own downvotes on spam/evil posts that get permanently deleted

I suggest you add another bullet point:

  • Own suggested edits from anonymous users

Here's the revision that was from an anonymous user. The only hint is the word "suggested" near the time stamp. If you click on it, it takes you to a page that says "proposed... by an anonymous user".

Some related questions:

  • You think you were confused... :) Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 6:09
  • I think I was confused. Thanks for the link, I added it to the list of related questions. Seems like it should be pretty easy to clarify this one and reduce confusion.
    – Don Kirkby
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 6:16
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    +1 But I also have an alternative proposal: Rename Community to Skynet, and be done with it...
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 7:32
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    I think so far, the name Eliza would be more appropriate, @Zaphod.
    – Don Kirkby
    Commented Jan 15, 2012 at 5:16

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This description update will go out with the next build.

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