Today when I was trying to review suggested edit, I saw a suggested edit like: Suggested Edit on this post CodeIgniter Custom Admin URI Routes

At first sight itself it seems as a spam to me, So I rejected the suggest by selecting Vandalism option, later when I checked the status of the suggested edit I saw it is rejected.

But there was an approval also,

Approved post

There can be such similar blind Approvals in Stack Overflow system, is such approval can be reduced by giving penalty ?

My idea:

If an user approves a suggested edit and if it is rejected with flag Vandalism, the approved user should be charged by some sort of penalty (-2 of-course or reduce 20 Suggested edit per day to 19 suggested edit per day).

I don't know whether it is practicable or not, but I saw similar approvals a lot of times in Stack Overflow.

  • I certainly agree in this case but the URL change diff is not crystal clear so a subtle vandalism might not be noticed by 100% of non robo reviewers Oct 8, 2013 at 13:37
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    If we're going to have functionality like that, it should go after repeat offenders. A quick glance at the given user's other reviews shows that he mostly rejects. He may have accidentally clicked the Approve button. Oct 8, 2013 at 13:42
  • Related and maybe dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/q/152540/152859. Oct 8, 2013 at 14:13
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    These days moderator can put a user in temporary review ban so if you see robo reviewer just flag one of his posts, choose Other and ask to review his reviews, pointing to some examples of really bad reviews. Oct 8, 2013 at 14:15
  • @ShaWizDowArd: Thanks for the info, I'll do if I see these kind of reviews in future. :)
    – Midhun MP
    Oct 8, 2013 at 14:28
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    Perhaps the punishment in this case is that said approver will be set up on a blind date with the person in the picture, and be forced to pay attention to her :) Oct 8, 2013 at 17:25
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    I would simply ping minitech in chat, complaining about the careless approver...
    – gnat
    Oct 8, 2013 at 17:46

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Unfortunately, this won't always work. Sometimes an edit is incorrectly rejected as spam/vandalism, but one reviewer approves it. One such situation recently came up here: My edit was incorrectly rejected as spam

In this case, it would be improper to punish the two users who approved the edit, since it was the three who rejected it that were at fault. I think this type of a penalty system would be too likely to produce false positives and punish the wrong people.

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    True, so maybe automated moderator flag, like flags raised for edit wars. Oct 8, 2013 at 18:05
  • @ShaWizDowArd And possibly only for repeat offenders. Oct 8, 2013 at 18:07
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    Yep, or only when there's one approver and three rejectors and all rejections are for spam reason. Oct 8, 2013 at 18:09

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