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Just an idea for the developers to toy with:

How about putting the "Skip" button first?

Just that. Or possibly do some A-B testing, to see what happens, though changing it for the same user could be rather frustrating (but it would keep them on their toes!).

Or better than that, even consider completely reversing the order of the buttons: this makes them 'safest' first, no?

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They don't get badges for skipping, do they? – Asad Saeeduddin Feb 20 '13 at 7:13
@Asad, good point. Personally, I've never really seen badges as an incentive, so I have difficulty taking that mindset into account. – Benjol Feb 20 '13 at 7:19
Unfortunately, that's the only mindset a robo-reviewer has. – J. Steen Feb 20 '13 at 7:23
What other incentive is there for a robo reviewer? – Asad Saeeduddin Feb 20 '13 at 7:23
@Asad, getting rid of that annoying orange number :) – Benjol Feb 20 '13 at 7:30
It only annoys you if you give a sh_t about the site. Clearly this is not the case with the target audience. – Asad Saeeduddin Feb 20 '13 at 7:33
ideally, buttons should be re-hashed in random order at every new item displayed to reviewer. This would make a burden to robo reviewers, and on the other hand would be not much of an issue to those who put most effort in studying the item content :) – gnat Feb 20 '13 at 8:00
It has been proposed to add a "Gimme the badge" button as well. That way it only takes one click, and saves time for everyone. – Bo Persson Feb 20 '13 at 8:24
@BoPersson I have a better suggestion that's been suggested and declined over and over again - remove the badge. – J. Steen Feb 20 '13 at 8:33
@gnat You'd also need to randomise the id/name of the DOM element, to prevent userscripts from automating the process anyway. – J. Steen Feb 20 '13 at 8:34
Randomize the order of the buttons. – Won't Feb 20 '13 at 17:47
@Won't ,gnat I'm pretty sure that would lead to a lot of mistakes on the part of well intentioned reviewers, while not really slowing robo reviewers down significantly. Then again, you're probably joking. – Asad Saeeduddin Feb 20 '13 at 20:35
@J.Steen $('input[value="Approve"]').click();? Short of labeling the "Approve" button with the text "Skip", there isn't much you can do to combat userscripts. – Asad Saeeduddin Feb 20 '13 at 20:39
@Asad You could use cryptic, randomised and invisible unicode in the name. Or something. – J. Steen Feb 20 '13 at 23:00

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