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It appears so to me this is the case and the system decides whether it is a good question by number of votes the question it receives. Can someone please confirm thus?

The reason is that I got this question for a review check. It had 5 upvotes but I would close it as off-topic, thus I got a stop and pay attention message.

How to prove a series converge?

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  • $\begingroup$ Here is link to the review audit mentioned in the post. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jul 2 '14 at 10:35
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak i never knew this was called a review audit. Good to know. $\endgroup$ – Lost1 Jul 2 '14 at 10:39
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The thread Examples of poor review audits contains other such examples. Yes, the review audits are picked automatically, based on the data like score, post history (close/delete events) and maybe the number of views, who knows. The algorithm is not disclosed.

Naturally, decisions to close or not to close are not a function of question score. One can sincerely believe that a popular question should have been closed, and get blamed for not paying attention. This is neither more nor less than a little annoyance and loss of time.

For Close review specifically, I tend to open most questions in a new tab and hit Skip in review; then vote on the question directly. (This process can be streamlined by bookmarklets). E.g., "known bad" audit questions are already deleted, so I don't have to waste time picking a close reason for them. This also allows me to review more than $20$ questions from Close queue per day. (Cue meta outrage about exploiting a loophole.)

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  • $\begingroup$ algorithm not disclosed! that is what I was curious about. thanks. $\endgroup$ – Lost1 Jul 2 '14 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ Apparently the algorithm doesn't even take current close-votes into account. I posted an answer in that thread about a question that was (according to the algorithm) supposed to be left open, but it had four close-votes on it. $\endgroup$ – user61527 Jul 2 '14 at 18:26

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