I just reviewed a suggested edit to a question in which the original author had included nonsense content to a question to get it through content filter and then another user had (helpfully) removed it. I approved the edit, but I'm at a loss what else to do.

The end result of this seems to have been to completely defeat the content filter, what should I do (if anything) now? The post is clearly not great (after all it failed the filter) but I'm not sure I could flag it for any of the close reasons in good faith, equally I can only make cosmetic improvements to it by edit.

  • I hope you haven't downvoted a question due to bad edit? It punishes OP (who can edit without review) and not the editor who misbehaved... – Mołot Oct 9 '13 at 14:03
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    No no, I downvoted because the edit was nessissary, the editor removed the nonsense – Richard Tingle Oct 9 '13 at 14:03
  • Oh, OK, sorry, seems I misunderstood you. I'm not a native speaker and sometimes English tricks me that way. – Mołot Oct 9 '13 at 14:04
  • It wasn't 100% clear, I've hopefully clarified – Richard Tingle Oct 9 '13 at 14:05
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    Now my big question is - what filter would be triggered if there was no random text in the post? That should hint about correct workflow for such cases. – Mołot Oct 9 '13 at 14:07
  • remove none-sense. flag to close if its off-topic. if you come across the question and see it's been edited then retract your vote and remove your downvote(if youve placed one). – user221081 Oct 9 '13 at 14:08
  • @mehow But that suggests we're prepared for people to defeat the filter like this, (I can only presume) the question in its current form would trigger the filter; its not off topic as such, its just not very good (so not good as to fail the filter) – Richard Tingle Oct 9 '13 at 14:13
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    So let me clarify this - if the post hadn't had the nonsense it wouldn't have been able to be posted, but by adding the nonsense and then removing it the post was then able to exist? That does seem a bit wrong. – JonW Oct 9 '13 at 14:24
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    @JonW It does, but I don't see any way around it. I don't think we want to prevent editors from removing nonsense... – Mansfield Oct 9 '13 at 14:38
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    @Mansfield Agreed, the question is unarguably better post edit. Possibly an auto flag if an edit pushed a question back into failing the filter? – Richard Tingle Oct 9 '13 at 14:39
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  • If you wish to cast a moderator flag, just explain the situation in a custom flag, like you did here. I wouldn't bother approving suggested edits that help someone work around a quality filter. – Robert Harvey Oct 9 '13 at 16:23
  • @RobertHarvey Thanks, that will be my next step in future, given that you're already aware of it I shalln't in this case – Richard Tingle Oct 9 '13 at 16:37

In general, we try to discourage actions that will help someone get around a system limitation, so I would decline the suggested edit.

Regularly trying to subvert the quality filters is a suspendable offense. If it has become a problem, flag one of the OP's posts for moderator attention using a custom flag, and explain the situation.

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