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Like many others, I'm enjoying the new Review format, and the progress through the "Low Quality" posts has been amazing (and hopefully carefully done).

In that regard, I've run into a couple of the "teachable" examples. These look like ordinary review samples, but selecting to close/delete a quality post or retain a poor one yields a message with some non-specific insights into why the post was good or bad (I don't have a screenshot, regrettably). I think these are great to have for instructional purposes, but I have struggled with their "absolutism" in multiple cases.

For instance, there have been answers which are to a first approximation "spammy", but include disclosures or enough (presumably non-plagiarized) material to constitute an actual answer, but come with the instructional warning that they "are of extremely low quality or might be offensive", etc. if Looks Good is the elected option. I'm definitely opposed to hanging on to "junk" questions and answers and annihilating spam in its many forms, but this could give someone learning the ropes of Review the impression that it's impossible to cite a product without spamming or astroturfing in some way. In addition to the "spammy" answers, there have been a few occasions where users posting links, but taking the time to explain what the links contain have fallen into this category of verboten teachable examples. I think there's been enough false positives to say that, indeed, this could misguide someone trying to learn on the fly.

To clarify, there seem to be only about 0.5% of the presented examples that do this (based on looking at the questions associated with these "ringer" answers, they seem to have been hand chosen from the deleted pool anyway, though I'm not sure about that -- and yes, we can probably assume that a majority are in fact junk in that case, but it's not a given), so I'm not saying someone should go through 10,000 posts, I promise!!

This is not a concrete feature request, but I think that someone should (if they haven't already) look over the posts that, upon choosing incorrectly, trigger these instructions and select questions/answers that are more "cut and dried", or perhaps think about making the resulting instructions more specific and delineating what it is about that exact question/answer which likely caused prior reviewers to deem it low quality.

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I have also run into answer that, when viewed in a vacuum, were good answers. They were spam simply because that reasonable answer was posted all over the place. Yes, the post is spam and should be deleted, but no, a reviewer in the queue couldn't be expected to know that. –  Servy Aug 29 '12 at 19:59
@Servy That was my thought, too, that some could have been deleted as a result of overall activity of the poster. –  jonsca Aug 29 '12 at 20:02
pretty sure they're auto-detected, that was probably a post obliterated with spam flags or something –  Ben Brocka Aug 29 '12 at 20:04
@BenBrocka Makes sense, but then why are these particular ones getting picked for "learning mode", as that doesn't seem to be random? –  jonsca Aug 29 '12 at 20:16
Not sure, I haven't seen one of the honeypots yet since I can't review on any of the big sites –  Ben Brocka Aug 29 '12 at 20:52
This one looked legitimate to me, and I had to check the user's profile to realize it was spam: stackoverflow.com/review-beta/low-quality-posts/225187 –  bfavaretto Aug 29 '12 at 22:56

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