The past few hours or so, I've seen a huge spike in proposed suggested edits by Anonymous users correcting the grammar & actually fixing the posts.


Going by past trends, this isn't... right. After approving the edit, taking a look at the permalink of the edit suggestion shows the actual user who proposed the edit.

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    It see the same effect on Stack Overflow. (All 29 proposed edits are from the anonymous user). Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 8:31
  • It happens on other SE sites as well. I have noticed that on EL&U.
    – apaderno
    Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 8:45
  • @Jose, I accepted your edit just to be able to ping you. It is lacking important information: did the user change after approving the edit? (Note that anonymous users are very well allowed to suggest edits!)
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 26, 2011 at 13:07
  • @Arjan: I haven't tested that bit properly, please rollback my edit then.
    – JoseK
    Commented Aug 26, 2011 at 16:05
  • an't repro this on SU @Arjan Commented Aug 26, 2011 at 16:07
  • @Arjan: quick check today shows the user gets updated after approval, In stackoverflow.com/posts/7220350/revisions the user is Community♦ so are the anonymous user updates for mods ?
    – JoseK
    Commented Aug 29, 2011 at 8:33
  • @Jose, not sure what you mean. Clicking "suggested" in your link shows that an anonymous user suggested it. After approval, it's indeed Community who owns that edit; see Community♦ user edit: How does it know what to edit?
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 29, 2011 at 17:45
  • @Arjan: I get it now, I thought it would show some other user instead of Community and that was why I edited this question in the first place. I think this should be rolled back. stackoverflow.com/posts/6486908/revisions is another example, anonymous user suggests, and Community is the owner after approval.
    – JoseK
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 11:16

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You aren't imagining it - good spot. Thanks; exactly as you suggest, a recent change meant it wasn't getting the user information to display on that screen (the data itself was fine - it just wasn't visible).

This has been rectified, and will be fixed after we next deploy.

  • I believe this has regressed... superuser.com/review/suggested-edits/329448
    – Basic
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 10:28
  • @Basic no, that one was genuinely proposed by an anonymous user Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 10:40
  • @MarcGravell Actually this is not fixed. I am seeing the anonymous user thing right now when I click on edit link (next to the share link). I mean it is not the same page, but it is same problem.
    – Whirlwind
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 16:37

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