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Edit! Remove all the "urgent" stuff from the question Just remove all the details about why this matter is urgent to make it a question for a wider audience. No comment or downvoting needed for this reason.


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Looks like the review queue now has a rate limit of 20 per day. \o/ However now the review queue is empty so I have nothing to review. Since no one is taking this seriously I'm just going to point out horrible reviews here that people could have fixed if they weren't just clicking the OK button: Ubuntu 12.10 Unity removing - not even a sentence, reviewed ...


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Often people who come here and say they need urgent help really are in the right place, because they don't need urgent help. Serious Urgency Suppose someone needs help quickly because: They need to know if they took their life-saving medicine this morning, and have forgotten their password. They need to format a document properly to meet a court-ordered ...


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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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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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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 question formerly titled Bring Back ...


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I approve if they aren't obviously a vandal. We can't do a IP check, or anything like that so its a little difficult, but again, if it isn't vandalizing (and adds value to the question) then by all means, approve it.


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This post is in the process of being revised and updated to make it more useful to readers today. However, it is still mainly about a change introduced in 2012. Most of the network is less tolerant of link-only answers than AU. I believe the primary reason for this is that the canned comments offered in the Low Quality Posts review queue are network-wide, ...


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


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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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...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 comment ...


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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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The No Action Required 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 Required ...


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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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"Looks Good" Means Good Enough to Exist This is just my opinion, of course. (In particular, I am not one of the people who designed the review system.) I disagree with the idea that the Low Quality Posts review is supposed to produce a whole bunch of great posts, plus a whole bunch of deleted posts. The purpose of the Low Quality Posts review is to delete ...


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If I see a comment that seems to cover what I want to say I try to make it a practice to just upvote that comment and move on. This seems the logical approach to me. I seldom go backwards so it would be rare for me to revisit a question (that I didn't answer) and notice an auto-generated comment so I won't touch that aspect. I try to clean up my own ...


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What does peer review consist of on Ask Ubuntu? Peer review means someone else must review and approve your edit, before it is applied. On at least one other Stack Exchange site (Stack Overflow), more than one person must review it before it is definitively accepted or rejected. But on most Stack Exchange sites, including Ask Ubuntu, the peer review ...


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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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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'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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