When I logged in today, I found out that I had a review queue with a suggested edit for me to approve or reject.

I'm not sure how to do that. The first edit looked like this:

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This looks to me like the edit just inserts random words.

I skipped it, but the next two were similarly nonsensical. So I suspect I'm not reading the right way. Or are there saboteurs at work?

Can someone clarify?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to the wonderful world of review audits. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Jul 16 '14 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ Reject. If you run into that behavior again (or if you bother to check the user profile to see other suggested edits), flag one of the posts, and point out that the user (include a user link, of course) has been making these weird edits. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mod Jul 16 '14 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Arthur: That makes more sense! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mod Jul 16 '14 at 18:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: Actually, your comment also has some merit. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Jul 16 '14 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Arthur: Thank you, that's a very plausible explanation. $\endgroup$ – Stefan Jul 16 '14 at 19:22

This is, most likely, a review audit. The first step in the process is to click "reject." Then, one of two things happen, which determines the next step.

  1. You get a message "you passed the audit!" Move on and keep reviewing--there's nothing more to see here.
  2. You advance to the next item to review or the end of the queue without receiving the "you passed!" message. In this case, the edit was an actual attempt at defacement. Click your browser's "back" button, copy the user link of the editor, and flag the post for moderator attention and explain what's happening. (Include the user link.)

At the end, pat yourself on the back for making Math.SE a better place. :)


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