If an edit is rejected as vandalism, I think it would be useful to have some sort of flag or notification raised if anyone voted to approve it.

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    Alternate title: Allow minitech to find users to ban from review easier
    – animuson StaffMod
    Aug 24, 2013 at 20:23
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    A fifteen-year-old moderator with 207 reputation on meta should be allowed to ban anyo... wait... Aug 24, 2013 at 20:33
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    @Frédéric: minitech appears to be allergic to metarep, keeps dumping the stuff all over the place.
    – Mat
    Aug 24, 2013 at 20:36
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    @Mat, it indeed looks so (my previous comment was in jest of course, I routinely see minitech in action on SO so I know he fully deserves his diamond). Aug 24, 2013 at 20:39
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    I wonder how many flags the Community user would get?
    – Cole Tobin
    Aug 24, 2013 at 20:54
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    4 status-completed and 1 status-planned tags in 23 bounties, not bad. (for comparison, my 15 status-completed in 108 mean about 1,5 less efficient investment)
    – gnat
    Aug 24, 2013 at 21:02
  • I completely agree with the sentiment but why are you mentioning flags? This should be easy to automate; you can ban the approver for 7 days, give them a notification linking to the edit and a link to flag the offending post if they disagree with the ban. Aug 25, 2013 at 12:30
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    @benisuǝqbackwards: I thought we’d especially want to know if somebody does this repeatedly, so…
    – Ry-
    Aug 25, 2013 at 13:59

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I think an auto-flag for moderators is the right way to handle this (not an auto-ban). Since this question was asked SE has added several other auto-flags, so this would fit right in. We have auto-flags for many comments (in a short time), many answers, many edits to the same post, rollback wars, and some others. More recently we've gotten an auto-flag when a user has several validated rude/offensive or not-constructive comment flags. In all of these cases, sometimes the information is noise and sometimes it requires moderator attention -- to lock a post, contact a user about rudeness, protect a question, or... with this change, ban a user from reviews.

We'd need to tune this with data. I don't think we want to raise a flag if one user said vandalism and one approved on a single post. Maybe two vandalism votes should raise a flag on the approving user, or maybe it should take more than one incident -- this depends on how often this happens and how severe it is. If that edit actually gets through, I assume the community will see and flag it -- so we're concerned about approvals that were prevented from taking effect. That feels similar to validated rude/offensive flags to me, where we raise a flag if it happens a few times, but comments are more frequent than errant edit reviews.

  • I feel bad about posting a suggestion (as opposed to having an actual fix) on a bountied question. I'm only aware of the question at all because of the bounty, and I hope that somebody from SE will say something more authoritative (and positive :-) ) and collect said bounty. Feb 8, 2017 at 21:27
  • Well, you can always give the rep back, even here on the same question. :) Feb 9, 2017 at 9:29

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