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While reviewing, I sometimes get test-results. Flagging them typically will show the following:

This was only a test, designed to make sure you were paying attention. The post has already been removed, but if it hadn't your response would have helped to ensure that it was. Thanks!

I just had it happen in "First Posts", but recall seeing it with some of the other review types as well, and sometimes multiple times within the same reviewing session. I assume they are meant to prevent review-abuse by users harvesting badges who just click the same review action repeatedly.

I'm just curious about a few things:

  • I assume some type of review options are better suited for these tests than others. I cannot see it work on "Suggested Edits", for example. Is this the case?
  • What happens if I accidentally would miss-click? Will I be punished in any way?
  • Does the fact I keep seeing these tests every now and then imply I might have marked some answers wrongly, or do they show for absolutely everyone?

(Note: I'm not trying to figure out how to sidestep the system. Just curious).

Edit: Another question, actually. What reply does one get when missing it's a honeypot answer? I don't think I ever encountered one of those occasions, but that could be because I just caught the honeypot questions. Is there a "Whoops, you screwed the pooch on that one" message, too?

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Given the recent issues with people blowing through the review queue and upvoting garbage, thank you for passing the test. –  casperOne Nov 29 '12 at 13:34
    
How long has the tests been going on; is he the first one to pass? :D –  George Duckett Nov 29 '12 at 15:06
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@George: FWIW, slightly less than 9% of audits in the First Posts queue have failed so far. That's 191 failures, and a total of 148 users, with most failing only once. –  Shog9 Nov 30 '12 at 1:30
    
    
I just "failed a test" that I thought was an OK post. Frankly, I think the "powers that be" have got some things wrong. IT wasn't a great post, but it was acceptable and conveyed useful info. –  Bohemian Jan 20 '13 at 6:50
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These tests also seem to be rather too frequent. I just processed about 8-10 Suggested Edits and hit 2 "tests". I'd expect one... two in such a short time frame seems overkill. –  Joel Potter Mar 14 '13 at 20:08
    
I agree that they seem too frequent. The more careful a reviewer is in considering each question, the more time they waste per test question. –  Patricia Shanahan Mar 20 at 4:32

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I assume some type of review options are better suited for these tests than others. I cannot see it work on "Suggested Edits", for example. Is this the case?

Yes, Shog mentions the honeypot is right now present for Low Quality Posts and First posts review queue

Will I be punished in any way?

As of now, the failures are logged, but no actions are taken. I wouldn't be surprised if this was changed later.

There are automated review suspensions in place now, so if you fail too many review audits you'll be automatically banned from reviewing

Does the fact I keep seeing these tests every now and then imply I might have marked some answers wrongly, or do they show for absolutely everyone?

I haven't run into these often(they get swooshed before I can even look) but I do believe this is shown for all, to keep the reviewers on their toes and to reduce robo-reviewers

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I could guess it was in for the 'First Posts' review queue. I've been seeing many fewer votes for obvious spam lately, overall. –  Andrew Barber Nov 29 '12 at 14:50

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