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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 case the Community user is not assuming ownership on these actions). Sometimes it's easy to just leave some traces of who was that user. But sometimes it's ...


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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 use is to congratulate them on having chosen "a particularly challenging" unsolved problem for their first post. But if the attempt is inadequate, I think it ...


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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, and you have done a helpful share by giving 20 votes in a day. Some closure decisions are trivial, some are hard. If you're in a hurry, help with the trivial ...


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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 edited the question title, to save anyone else being similarly misled. The first reviewer accepted the edit. The second reviewer rejected it. The third reviewer ...


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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, 4 on Stack Overflow) will cause the post to be deleted immediately, provided it has zero or negative score. (If it has a positive score, it will raise an ...


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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 consider my answer as a real contribution since I've done some research on the topic already. On the other hand I wanted to get my first reputation points to be ...


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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 introducing important advances and refinements. That just reeks of advertisement. It says absolutely nothing of content about the book itself, and sounds like it ...


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It appears to me that this is definitely behaviour in the spirit of the review system. Therefore you are definitely not doing something wrong. If this were the Low Quality queue or the Close Votes queue, I would have nothing to add. However, I would like to add that the First Posts review queue is a bit special, in that it provides us with an opportunity ...


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The bad guy here is the comment. Comments are not supposed to be used for answers. It is very common to see answers in comments on this site and, as opposed to most other SE siblings, moderators here don't seem to care (in other SE sites you regularly see moderators telling members not to post answers as comments).


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The best way to deal with this is to mentally remove this statement from the question. If the "modified" version merits a certain kind of vote, then cast it. (By certain, I mean delete/close/up/down/left/right/left/right/jab, of course.)


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I will point out that badges should be secondary, primary concern should be doing things that are useful for the site. So from this viewpoint, if you find the review queue empty, that's a good thing. Still - with this in mind - I will leave a few comments: At 3000 reputation points you will get access to the close votes review queue and reopen votes review ...


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You can already filter the review queues by tags. On each review queue, there's a 'filter' link on the header. Clicking it will show a filter preference for that review queue, on which you can also add up to 3 tags. Image taken from Stack Overflow's review queue because I don't have access to this site's review queue yet. Note that there is no tag ...


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If the moderators establish that the reviewing of a user is not in line with what is expected from reviewers, we revoke the reviewing privilege of this user for some time. If you are in this situation, you should find some information regarding this with a brief explication in you inbox and/or the page you mentioned. [I am not sure how this is shown.] For ...


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The site offers several review queues that make helping to moderate this community more streamlined. For details on these queues see What are the review queues, and how do they work?. When you decide to review please do it in that spirit of helping to moderate this community. Do not turn it into a game or a competition. Yes, there are badges, stats, and ...


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Because sometimes there is a bigger pattern that regular users don't see where certain websites, books, or otherwise commercial venues post their links here. What might seem to you as a single post with a valid link can easily be considered spam when zooming out. Unfortunately, regular users don't have these tools to zoom out (except long-term users with ...


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This came up in the review queue and I spent some time thinking about it before selecting that reason. On the one hand, I like the humour and the reference to Fermat. On the other hand, it really doesn't help the questioner, nor anyone else likely to come to the site. So I decided in the end that it should have been a comment, not an answer. The reason ...


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There are two orthogonal aspects to this. What is true is that to vote to close in the close queue is arguably 'easier' than to not vote to close, since one swims with the flow so to say. The point is a question in the close queue is usually only there since somebody already thought that it should be closed thus it is to be expected that there is a (...


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All your reviews are on your user-page see https://math.stackexchange.com/users/current?tab=activity&sort=reviews Alternatively you can consult the "history" of the relevant review queue (exists for each queue): https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/history There is a switch to see "all items" or "only your items" (the former is not ...


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The mod team periodically evaluates the review stats of the community to see if there are outliers with respect to some statistics, and we act upon those if we perceive problems. We understand that there is a wide spectrum of different opinions regarding what should be closed/reopened etc. However, when doing review, people are contributing to the site, so ...


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After click "Close" in the "Close" dialog, it turns out that it's just a review-audit. From this, one can conclude that in a review-audit, a review target flagged as a duplicate won't have the "Duplicate" tabbed pane. In this case, this conclusion helps the reviewer know a priori that the review is actually a review-audit.


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In my opinion, the badges are awarded in exactly the right way based on the user's contribution to the site as it is. Bronze badges are awarded for completing one review, which I do not believe is too difficult (even before reaching, say, 2k rep). If memory serves me right, I had already completed around 100 review tasks when I reach 2k reputation, so I'm ...


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From my previous review experience, it seems that such unexpected behaviour shows that it's a review-audit. Therefore, the right thing to do is to click "Leave Open".


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You ask: So the question is this: when we do reviews, should we follow the links in the posts or just assume that the links are genuine and if we fail an audit, then we just fail? I think it can make sense to turn this question around: There is a post that contains a link that looks suspicious enough that I am not comfortable following it. Should I ...


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What you describe seems not to be detection of spam, but rather use of copied content with improper attribution. It is encouraged to quote "verbatim" the most relevant part of the material to be found by following a link, where attribution is provided and the quoting does not (by its extensiveness and lack of authorization) infringe on copyright or ...


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