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On one hand, I think many of the first posts / answers are quite messy, and not only in bad English, but, and that is probably worse, the result of practically no effort to do some research before asking (or answering). There are two very separate points there. If the problem is bad English, that is often not the poster's fault. If their English is not that ...


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I review, but only once I have nothing else to do. That doesn't happen that often. Similar to Rinzwind, I spend most of my time on the site with the newest questions so I deal with issues as I bump into them.


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Reviewing, if you want to do it well and read the entire post, takes too much time.


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I simply don't have enough rep to review. I like to help with the reviews queues, but 3k (and 2k, even 500 rep) is quite a number to reach!


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Yes. "Mint," "Debian," "Kali," etc., don't mean "stop paying attention." You're right that it's bad to robo-close questions based on the presence of specific keyword or tags, and that this is something that sometimes happens on our site, that it happened in this particular case, and that it needs to stop happening. The ...


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I do not use the queue. I vote and edit the topics I read while visiting the frontpage :)


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The No Action Needed button means that the post is good in your opinion. However, it doesn't mean you have to press it. A post may need improvement, it may need to be flagged, it may need you to ask the OP for more clarification, etc. Knowing that, if you try to do any of the previous actions (suggest an edit, flag, comment, etc.), the No Action Needed ...


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You're right to be wary. There are some users (usually bots) who are just grinding on the super-minor edits for rep, but of these examples I think I would have let most of those through. If it leaves significant issues in the post, I'd look to re-edit and uncheck the "helpful edit" box. This is equivalent to rejecting the edit and replacing it with your ...


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...except when fixing typos and formatting establishes that the question should remain open! I agree with your general point here--the Edit button in the close queue means "this should be edited instead of being closed." It's not the only way to edit a post that is in the close queue; reviewers can choose to click the post link and edit it as usual, which ...


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I agree with you that deletion should not be used lightly, that should be reserved for the really really bad/dangerous answers or those that don't try to answer the question. However, in my opinion, you should not have clicked on "Looks Good" either in these cases. Specifically: Try doubleklicking speaker in sound settings. Had the same error as you do ...


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I agree to some point. Reinstall the whole system is a bad answer. Probably one of the worst you can find, specially when it comes with no background research. To be fair, as don.joey said, it was posted in a comment. I told "unplug the power cord for 5 minutes" recently (and felt like working in a call center), but again it was a suggestion in a ...


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The main point of the audits is that you are paying attention and not robo-reviewing. If you did spot any of these, you are paying attention. As Randall Munroe would say (see last pane):


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First of all, no, you should not downvote duplicates just because they are duplicates! Duplicates are useful because they help direct users to the right answer. The search functionality of the site is, um, well, less than perfect. It is not easy for experienced users to find dupes, let alone new ones. So no, please don't downvote dupes just because they're ...


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In both cases, it isn't the OP who made the secondary edits you refer to, but another user who was reviewing your suggested edit. Reviewers other than the OP must have 2000 reputation. At that level, users can make edits: without having to undergo review, without having to meet the character limit, however, without the 2-rep reward. The help officially ...


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If you look at each of those users you'll notice that 3 of them have less than 3,000 reputation. They can't vote to close. When you have less than 3k reputation the "Close" button in the LQP queue reads "Recommend closure" and flags a post for closure with the specific reason they chose. This is similar with the "delete" button. Once you get 20k it will ...


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The review queue is just too long. It is discouraging.


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I just want to go further than muru's answer and say, if you think it is an upvotable post, or you can edit it to be one yourself, then please do upvote it . I feel that I see far too many No Action Needed reviews on posts, answers particularly, that deserve an upvote (or a downvote, or indeed a flag, or that obviously need editing). It's very rare I click ...


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The new review icon (which only appears when you have 500 reputation or more) looks like this: or in context (ooh look a tooltip!) it's been suggested that it looks kinda like a stapler... This icon may be getting changed soon, but it's going to be in the same place and it's not going to have any text saying "review" :( When you click the button, you get ...


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In my opinion you have three options: If the pastebins aren't huge just embed them in the post. Ask the OP to reupload the pastebins without expiration. Reupload the pastebins yourself without expiration. In the case you mention, the pastebins aren't extremely big, so they could be embedded. Also, if you look closely, they aren't three pastebins, but ...


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It's simple, really. Check if the closed question should really remain closed right now. The purpose for the Reopen Queue is to give a chance to the questions that probably don't deserve to be closed. So, that would mean questions closed as Ubuntu+1 (mostly closed as off-topic or duplicate of There's an issue with an Alpha/Beta Release of Ubuntu, what ...


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I've turned these on. I've also enabled automatic review bans to assist Oli's efforts here - we'll be keeping a sharp eye on how these play out in practice, since they may need some tweaking. Remember: review audits are meant to be helpful, a tool for teaching new reviewers what is expected and maybe staving off fatigue in experienced reviewers.


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Here's an example of some problems, this is just a sampling from the first page of the review queue: Now, if people are inexperienced reviewers or just suck at reviews, then that's okay I guess. New people learn and all that. The problem is that most times "New Posts" is either 0 or single digits, if whoever clears out that queue and says "ubuntu 13.10 ...


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I don't think growing number of reviews is a problem as such (at lease we are no where close to where Stack Overflow stands with about 100k items in queue) and we shouldn't be too concerned about it. The important thing is the reviews should be done properly. One should take action on one's own belief and one shouldn't follow the herd, ie; if a user has ...


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All the flags you have currently pending are close flags (flags for the closure of questions). These aren't shown to moderators directly, but are placed in a queue for users with 3,000, or more, reputation to review. It's a pretty big queue and each post requires an average of ~3 or so reviews to be considered "handled", it can take a wile. All other ...


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I tend to follow the same mentality I use for questions. Questions about Mint, Kali or even macOS could be perfectly applicable to Ubuntu, but I don't know that, and so I flag as OT. There are specific rules about this for questions, but I use this reasoning to explain my decisions if needed. An answer that's based off of RHEL, Kali, Debian, etc could ...


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If you would have upvoted otherwise, yes. Voting, up or down, is one of the actions that are sufficient to complete your review of that post.


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Here were my thoughts on loading the link. Bloody hell, that's short. Maybe Hugo's onto someth... Hang on, that's an interesting problem. This is certainly reflective of my personal interests but scripting and programming is my $DAYJOB and silly little problems like this are the sort of nonsense that hold things up. Having it asked, and answered makes the ...


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The name of the queue is Low Quality Posts, not VLQ (Very Low Quality). Posts sent to this queue include those flagged as NaA (Not an Answer), and since the VLQ flag is of limited use (where it applies, the NaA flag may generally be reasonably applied anyway), posts in this queue are far more likely to have been flagged as NaA than VLQ. I believe, though I ...


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muru's answer is all true, but I just want to add some extra information, as the edits you linked are done by a user with the edit privilege. And before answering your question, I want to explain how edits work first. There are 2 types of edits: Normal edits These are edits that can be done by anyone with the edit privilege. They don't need to be reviewed ...


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