I noticed that the "Community" user had suggested an edit to an existing, accepted, correct answer, that resulted in the answer no longer being completely correct.

Further investigation shows that the suggestion had come from an anonymous user, and that it had been approved by a moderator.

I ended up downvoting the answer since it was no longer completely correct, but this feels wrong because it was not edited by the original answerer, or even a registered user.

Should we accept edits from anonymous users? What incentive do they have for providing factual information?

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    If the approval was erroneous, then please roll back the edit: you have the reputation to do so.
    – whuber
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 18:14
  • Done. Still interested in a discussion though. Although this has probably been discussed before on meta.stackoverflow.com.
    – blah238
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 18:16
  • I'd think the main concern with anonymous edits would be spam. However I don't recall seeing any edits suggested by Anonymous, do they go into the approval queue just like suggestions from other users? Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 18:12

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Previous discussions on meta.stackoverflow.com:

From the Stack Exchange Data Explorer, our current stats for the approvals and rejections of anonymous suggested edits:

Approved Rejected 
-------- -------- 
54       32     

63% approval rate, not bad (compare to 40% for StackOverflow)!

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