I often see vandalism while reviewing edit suggestions. Most of these are submitted by anonymous users. Example

Is there a way for moderators to block these users? And do we really need anonymous edit suggestions?

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    Doesn't really matter. There are only a few every day. I'm more worried about subtly bad edits made by user with account being approved.
    – nhahtdh
    Jul 24, 2012 at 7:51
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    Isn't this why we have the review process in the first place? I would only consider stopping suggested edits from anonymous users if there are actual figures telling me that their suggestions end up being rejected a disproportionate amount of times.
    – Bart
    Jul 24, 2012 at 7:57
  • @Bart, I have kept no stats, but I see >50% vandalism lately. Jul 24, 2012 at 8:00
  • Okay, if that's truly the case then it might be worth considering.
    – Bart
    Jul 24, 2012 at 8:01
  • @Bart: From my experience, there are some good anon edits, but it pales in comparison to bad anon edits. (However, the point I made above is that anon edits are not that frequent anyway).
    – nhahtdh
    Jul 24, 2012 at 8:02
  • @nhahtdh I review quite a lot as well and had a similar "feeling" but assumed it was me remembering the bad ones more than the good ones. That's why I'd like to see figures.
    – Bart
    Jul 24, 2012 at 8:04
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    You can check out the anonymous edits at: stackoverflow.com/tools/… - 998 this month, most seem to have been approved but a lot seem to be controversial (3 reviewers). Weirdly that's quite a different picture to: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/60664/…
    – Flexo
    Jul 24, 2012 at 8:33
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    i'm still laughing at the suggested edit you gave as example:)
    – Aftnix
    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:24
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    @Flexo - When I do a quick count, there were 91 approved edits out of 244 for anonymous over the last week, for a 37% approval rate. The data.stackexchange.com query shows a 36% approval rate, so that seems to be a pretty good match to me. Those are not very good numbers. Jul 24, 2012 at 17:13
  • @BradLarson - it's not great but it's also not awful and as a percentage of the total submitted edits it's quite low (~3%) so blocking them wouldn't do much to keep the edit queue in shape. (However it settles after recent changes)
    – Flexo
    Jul 24, 2012 at 17:17
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    @Flexo - Yeah, and I've seen plenty more spam edits and attempted comments from named users than anonymous in my own experience. Jul 24, 2012 at 17:19


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