I just "failed" a review audit. I saw the question and read the comments. Comments directly under it included:

add yourself to the "affected" people :) (see the "reported" link in my answer)

And comments / contents of other answers referred to a specific bug in Launchpad (including a link to it). For this reason, I flagged the question as off-topic with this motivation:

Bug reports and problems specific to development version of Ubuntu should be reported on Launchpad so that developers can see, track and fix these issues.

Then I got this message, like if I were a child being scolded by a teacher:

STOP! Look and Listen.

This was an audit, designed to see if you were paying attention. You didn't pass. There are no major problems with this question. You should click Leave Open, or make minor corrections via Edit.

Don't worry, we've already handled this post appropriately – but please take a minute to look it over closely, keeping in mind the guidance above.

This doesn't make much sense. Questions which have answers and comments with a link to Launchpad bug reports should be excluded from this kind of audits.

This would be pretty easy to do using a regular expression. There are already a few checks for the review process (e.g. the automatic "duplicate" comment does not get issued if there is already one, and so on) so adding one more check should not be difficult.

Can this be implemented?

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    Instructing people to mark bug reports as "no action needed" defeats the purpose of the review system, which is that of assuring people review posts correctly. Bug reports are off-topic and should be marked as off-topic. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 12:36
  • They are off-topic, but I'm saying for now you can just skip it. Unfortunately, I don't see anything happening any time soon. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 12:37
  • The fact that the bug was recently fixed doesn't mean that the bug report was on topic on AU. It should've been made on Launchpad. «it caught you not quite paying attention» Really? Reading the question, the answers and the comments is "not quite paying attention"? I'd be curious to know how you do reviews then. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 12:55
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    I think it's a problem with audit system. Clearly most users would flag this as bug report, so "nothing wrong with this question" is actually incorrect Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 12:58
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    @MarkKirby exactly the opposite. I would vote to close. We don't deal with bug reports, Launchpad does. At least i hope most users would do the same Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:02
  • @Serg indeed, and that's the point. To avoid any confusion, these kinds of post should not be used as test cases for audits. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:02
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    @MarkKirby well if a bug reappears, it means it is not fixed entirely and it has to be made known to developers, so they can reopen it. We can't be expected to modify source code of each program and push it to developers Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:03
  • By solution you mean "open the package manager and click upgrade"? Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:06
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    Let me explain. I have a program on github. Somebody comes to Ubuntu and asks question about bug report. Somebody finds a workaround, or even modifies source code, but doesn't tell me. So i can't add those changes to my code. This is not a fix. If i fix my code, but bug appears again, it means it is not fixed entirely Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:11
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    If upgrade fixes issue, it also means newer package has fix ( maybe). So developers must be asked to backport it to older package version. We don't deal with that. Developers do Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:13
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    @MarkKirby maybe you're right, this example could have been just a "glitch in the matrix". We'd need to hear from more community members on this. I do get what Andrea is trying to say, and I agree ,but yeah - we need more people to come and say what they think Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:34
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    I think we all agree that the audit system does stupid things - sometimes. But seeing how much work a sensible tweak would take I resigned to falling victim to a glitch now and then...
    – guntbert
    Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 19:52
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    That question is woefully unclear. "Anyone having problems with font viewer" without even disclosing what the problem is, is like trying to fix a car, by phone, and the only clue is that it doesn't start up... it's simply impossible.
    – Braiam
    Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 22:31


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