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Don't review a first question by simply downvoting it or voting to close it

Originally intended to be a comment, but I find that it is more of an answer than a comment. I would suggest modifying the website to force newcomers to read the "Asking a good question" (...
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What to do with edits that "just add dollar signs"?

If the suggested edit produces garbage, like in the above cases, I would happily reject. If I didn't have enough energy to properly edit myself, but a small amount of excess energy, I would probably ...
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Was this edit acceptable?

The idea behind rejecting an edit as it "[d]isguises the author's non-fluency in English" is others could take the fact that the poster is not fluent in English into account in their interactions. For ...
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Five close votes is not enough to close a question?

Not all users actually had the close privilege thus there were not five votes to close even though the review-ticket lists more than five reviews with that recommendation. Likely this distinction ...
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

Let me briefly answer your two questions, without dealing with the story around them. When the situation is complex, avoid flagging comments. When we see a comment flag, it is easy to take it out of ...
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What should one do if they see extremely fast reviewing?

Flag, flag, flag, flag, and flag. If you see something wrong, tell the mods. If you see your flag declined, you will know that you may be a bit too sensitive. If you see your flag marked as ...
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Non-human reviewer

When a user account gets deleted, some of its actions (votes, reviews, etc.) sometimes move to the Community account so they will not be nullified (sometimes we do want these to be nullified, in which ...
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The late answer review queue for "Late answers from new users"

I agree we should be encouraging for attempts by new users to tackle difficult (possibly unanswered) Questions, though these will more often appear in the First Posts review queue. A typical phrase I ...
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Late reviewing of late answer

According to Grace Note's answer on meta.SE, answers are put into the late-answer review queue when the following conditions are satisfied the answer was posted at least 30 days after the question ...
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Several users are gorging themselves in the Late Answer queue

The general sentiment is something that I share. In my mind the review queues are a good entry point for starting to get involved in community moderation and also to stay involved in it for somewhat ...
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Why we need more than one review to accept an edit?

An experience I recently had might answer this. I was so misled by a question title that I went ahead and spent half an hour writing an answer to the wrong thing, which I then had to discard. So I ...
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"Strategy" for voting to close

A couple of points to consider: It takes five votes to close any question. If everyone saves their votes for some greater need, nothing gets closed. Do your share and vote. It's a community effort, ...
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Am I really reviewing correctly?

I would say either is fine. From what I've seen, questions which are correctly-formatted and worded are almost always reasonable. The main purpose of the First Posts queue is to catch posts from users ...
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Whoa! 1300 items in the "Late answer" review queue

This is the result of a very recent change to the way answers enter that queue. Previously, the conditions were: the answer was posted at least 30 days after the question was asked; and the answer's ...
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Answer not deleted after six "Recommend Deletion"

Because the post has a positive score. According to Shog9's answer on Is “recommend deletion” secretly a vote to delete? Yes, a sufficient number of delete recommendations (currently 6 on most sites, ...
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Answer review - is it really answered question?

Ask the answerer in a comment to expand their answer a bit, and explain that the idea of the site is that in general an answer is not just a link or a reference to a source that gives an actual answer....
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Why was this answer marked as "spam or offensive"?

I'd say the culprit is that last sentence: This much anticipated second edition of the most successful calculus text published in the last two decades retains the best of the first edition while ...
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Should I avoid minor edit of a question which was put on hold? [obsolete]

I quote from Shog9 (emphasis mine): Currently, this means that a closed question will automatically be added to the reopen queue when it is... ...Edited (body edits only) within 70 days of closure ...
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The late answer review queue for "Late answers from new users"

I find myself being a newbie who answered a question long after the problem was debated. I thought on one hand that people will keep calling up that old issue and find a more versatile answer - I ...
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Why is an answer not deleted even when all reviewers recommend deletion?

In this case the problem is that the score of the post is too high for being deleted in this form. The idea is that apparently there are some that find value in the contribution and so it maybe should ...
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Should I vote to reopen a closed post that was closed for the wrong reason

This question seems half-way based on a false premise (although this is quite understandable). Let me try to explain what is happening. I assume we are talking about this review There are two ...
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Amusing bug involving Arabic usernames

OK, this was a fun one. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! I've modified the display of usernames in Post status blocks and revision history to prevent this odd display. An additional change was ...
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Another failed review audit for low quality posts

No, you did right. That's not an answer in any way, and voting to delete it is the correct action. The poor audit system was misled by the post having a score of +5. Since it doesn't know any ...
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