I just got insta-banned from suggesting edits whilst not logged in* and got a message saying:

You are temporarily banned from suggesting edits - please review your edit history.

The link, which is...


...leads nowhere (or actually redirects to the homepage) if you aren't logged in (and as far as I know there's no way for anonymous users to see their edit history?).

You are temporarily banned from suggesting edits

* I suggested two edits anonymously (in another browser, whilst not logged in). The first was a genuine edit to my own answer, which I instantly accepted (in the browser in which I was logged in); interestingly, the "system" marked it as possible spam. The second was a long edit of nonsense (Lorem ipsum to be precise), which on submitting sent me directly back to the post and silently disregarded the edit. On trying to submit another edit I got the message above.

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    Are anonymous users ever going to actually see that message? I don't see a point in making the link work for anonymous users if anonymous users aren't going to be shown the link.
    – Servy
    Mar 28, 2017 at 16:05
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    I just saw it as an anonymous user... Though that was clear from the screenshot?
    – Cai
    Mar 28, 2017 at 16:06
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    As MSE's most prolific anonymous editor, I can confirm that anonymous users can definitely see it, and I agree this should be fixed. Mar 17, 2018 at 10:18
  • One more thing to add to the mix: when an edit is submitted that trips the filter, all prior edits from the same IP address get the "possible spam" markup added to them, even retroactively to ones that were already handled. Jul 25, 2020 at 20:36


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