It seems a user has become a "serial minor editor". Checking his reputation gives a good overview of his activity. I have seen this discussion which is a little ambivalent:

  • accept minor edits if they make sense;
  • don't let a user to pollute the first page of reviews with 20 times the same edit.

In this instance, the user seems to have run a search on "formating" and replaced all the posts he found with "formatting". It doesn't seem to add much value. When I found the first edit I actually appoved it. But then I realised there were at least 10 more and I rejected the others as too minor + one custom reject inviting the user to make more substantial edits.

Is there a way to flag a user as a "serial minor editor"?


Would it make sense in such a case to use the "Improve" button and accept the change as proposed or improve if relevant?

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    +1 There are users who are well over 1K rep only by such kind of edits; I find it annoying, especially (and it happens often) when there are other mistakes in the whole post but they don't care and just edit the mispelled word they were after. It looks unfair to me, but in other MSO threads I saw many agreed on this kind of behaviour, highlighting the positive contribution of a single mispelled word in the overall post quality. Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 10:51
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    Here is the correct way to fix this "problem": meta.stackexchange.com/a/92989/167500 Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 10:54
  • @StéphaneGimenez to help my guilty conscience, I went back to the posts and corrected the spelling mistakes.
    – assylias
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 11:01
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    @StéphaneGimenez I disagree with that answer and I'm sure many others do Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 19:49

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Simply reject his edits.

Once you reject enough he will be banned from editing for a while.

  • But will he be informed why? Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 10:32
  • @TomWijsman - If he checks his summary he'll see why each edit was rejected.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 10:33
  • And is there something that tells that to him? Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 10:38
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    @TomWijsman: the rejection reason is visible on all rejected edits. (Too minor is one of the baked reasons.)
    – Mat
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 11:58
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    @TomWijsman I've been once banned from editing. I don't recall UI details (it was too long ago) but I remember it was very easy to notice and to figure why.
    – gnat
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 12:40
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    @Mat: I'm not talking about the edit reason, I'm talking about that it is not told to the visitors that there is an edit summary for them to check. A comment to remind the user can do a lot... Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 13:24
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    I discovered a serial minor editor. He removed the tag "Homework". After rejecting about 40 times my reject votes were used up. But he continued... and has now about 20 more edits accepted by others...
    – nalply
    Commented Oct 15, 2012 at 19:23

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