Every so often, I get an edit request come up in the approval queue, which takes an answer with a link in, and replaces it with gibbering pseudo-sentences.

These edit suggestions always come from anonymous (therefore unregistered?) users. As questions and answers require registration, why don't we apply the same standards for suggesting edits? Especially as I have (so far) not seen a genuine edit from an anonymous user.

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    The main site throws in trick questions like that to see if you are paying attention. If you miss a few times, it turns off your review access for a while.
    – Gayot Fow
    Aug 28, 2015 at 15:49
  • Sounds like an answer more than a comment - they aren't allowed, and it' the system checking you're not a bot/repwhore.
    – CMaster
    Aug 28, 2015 at 16:22
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    Note that answering does not actually require registration (you need to provide an email address, but I'm pretty sure we don't verify it before your post goes live). Last I checked (this was on Stack Overflow, though, so take this with a grain of salt), a decent number of anonymous edits were getting accepted, so I wouldn't go as far as saying all edits from anon users are bad. If you feel this deserves more investigation, I'll try and get exact umbers for travel.SE. Just let me know. Aug 31, 2015 at 11:44
  • It turns out that all of the anonymous edit I was rejecting were to this answer: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/12787/… . Now that it's been locked, no more regular fake edits.
    – CMaster
    Sep 9, 2015 at 15:48

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SE accepts contributions by anonymous users because the goal here is to create a database of quality questions and answers, regardless of who provides the content. If there's someone out there who might have a valid contribution to make to the sites, why force that person to register?

Now I agree with you that this mechanism inevitably attracts spam edits from geniuses who think that SE users are sound asleep whilst reviewing posts. However I trust in the reviewing system and, as your experience shows, it seems to work.

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