# Why am I getting the message “You've failed too many recent review audits”? [duplicate]

Today I clicked on Review and saw the message below.

You've failed too many recent review audits - looks like you might need a break. Come back in in 7 days and try again.

Why does this type of message appear?

Is there any daily limit to viewing reviews on Stack Overflow?

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## marked as duplicate by animusonAug 20 '13 at 17:49

I'd say the message is fairly clear, you failed too many review audits are were temporarily review banned. Didn't know this change was pushed out yet. And this would appear to be unrelated to your title (which there are daily limits on the number of reviews too) –  psubsee2003 Dec 14 '12 at 6:37
No, no no, no. Don't downvote this. This needs to have a million points and sit at the top of the question list for a week. It's finally happening. –  Charles Dec 14 '12 at 6:38
5 Steward badges... hmm... –  Mysticial Dec 14 '12 at 6:40
@Charles: The less people know about it, the better, eh? –  Manishearth Dec 14 '12 at 6:42
see explanation here: "suspending reviewing privileges for folks who fail multiple review audits in a short time...". Did I mention that this post made my day? Woo-hoo it finally happened –  gnat Dec 14 '12 at 6:44
"Come back in in 7 days and try again." (emphasis mine) Cannot unsee. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 14 '12 at 6:46
@BoltClock'saUnicorn It's still grammatically correct though. "[Come back in] in 7 days" –  Mysticial Dec 14 '12 at 6:47
@Mysticial: I realize. It's still kind of awkward in this context... –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 14 '12 at 6:48
@gnat, I think this is the first time in a very, very long time that I've been glad to see a new tag. –  Charles Dec 14 '12 at 6:57
I may actually go back to the review queues now. –  J. Steen Dec 14 '12 at 10:47
Christmas came early! –  user7116 Dec 14 '12 at 13:56
@Mysticial, I like how badges line to "Steward android". –  Oleg V. Volkov Dec 14 '12 at 14:28
I wonder if I should be worried that this OP has earned the 'Research Assistant' badge... –  Andrew Barber Dec 14 '12 at 22:26
I made the tweak to the banned text - this will be in in the next deploy. –  Geoff Dalgas Dec 15 '12 at 1:48
How many is too many? I failed 2 last week and I got banned. –  Floradu88 Jan 16 '13 at 6:26

Review queue audits are now in place. A lot of people are blindly upvoting everything in the queue without even reading the posts, just so that they can get the badges. So, some posts in the review queue are designed to catch such users, these are known as "audits". You failed too many, so you're review-banned now.

If you're in it for the badges/stats, don't participate in the queue. Blindly upvoting/etc is extremely bad for the site.

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Since he already has his 5 Steward badges, I don't understand why he's continuing to review. What more does he want? It looks like even the badges don't matter now either. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 14 '12 at 6:49
@BoltClock'saUnicorn - 1 Steward badge is still remaining. He is second in Reopen votes –  hims056 Dec 14 '12 at 6:50
See, all the time we're complaining about how numbing mindless jobs are that only require you to click one button each day, every day, and people are still doing it here, voluntarily! –  slhck Dec 14 '12 at 6:51
@hims056: Oh yes, right, there are six review queues now (and I imagine more will be added later for these drones to harvest). –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 14 '12 at 6:51
@ʞɔɥls: Voluntarily? –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 14 '12 at 6:52
Okay, maybe not quite. Anyway, if there were a clear message that these badges could be revoked if you failed too many times, or people would be blocked from reviewing altogether, that'd even be a better solution (as far as I can see in this case). @Bol –  slhck Dec 14 '12 at 6:56
@ʞɔɥls 'could be revoked' -> should be revoked! Let his/them earn them again after his/their review ban is lifted! –  Veger Dec 16 '12 at 11:37
@BoltClock'saUnicorn - Does the failed audit count gets reset after serving a 7 day ban?! –  R.J Nov 5 '13 at 11:37
@R.J meta.stackexchange.com/questions/174118/… . The system may take the fact that you were banned before into account, so if previously 4 audits give rise to a ban, this time it may take only 3 additional failed audits. –  Manishearth Nov 5 '13 at 11:43
(ignore the previous-now-deleted comment, I copy pasted wrong) –  Manishearth Nov 5 '13 at 11:45
@Manishearth I'm blocked second time. This time I was very careful. I read the question by opened in another tab and then approved. But i got message like you need a break. Can anyone help me to get review option Pls? –  kumar_v Jan 22 '14 at 16:09
@kumar_v No you weren't. Audit questions are ones which have been closed or deleted, and you would have noticed on opening it in a new tab. Link to the failed audit? –  Manishearth Jan 22 '14 at 19:55
@kumar_v Hmm, apparently this was a suggested edit audit, in which case my comment about opening in an new tab doesn't apply; however there is no reason to open suggested edits in a new tab anyway. And the audit was a pretty obvious spam one. I would say that you deserve the ban. –  Manishearth Jan 22 '14 at 20:01
@kumar_v - You've failed all of the last four suggested edit audits you were presented with (last two: stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/3867154 , stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/3810598 ). There is no situation under which these should be approved, since they are complete garbage. The system is right, you were not paying attention to what you were reviewing, you were warned about this multiple times, and so the ban is justified. When you are able to review again in 30 days, please read everything you review a lot more carefully. –  Brad Larson Jan 22 '14 at 20:10

Starting the other month, review audit checks were added to the review queues. These were added after disturbing "rubber stamping" was noticed, which resulted in poor quality content being upvoted constantly.

These audit checks are questions that are known to be high-quality, or known to be low-quality. It is expected that you, as a reviewer, are able to discern the difference between high quality, average quality, and low quality content, and are taking an appropriate action.

That is, you should be upvoting great content, leaving average content alone (or suggesting improvements), and helping to improve, flag or otherwise help with the moderation of low-quality content.

When you pick the wrong answer during one of these audits, the system should give you feedback on what went wrong and how to improve your actions in the future.

You have failed so many of these audits that you have been temporarily banned from the review queues.

When the ban is lifted next week, you need to either use the review queues and act like a responsible member of the community -- don't just upvote everything -- or avoid the queues completely.

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This is review suspension. It could happen to reviewer who frequently observes the message looking like:

Above message indicates that user failed a review audit:

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