What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 129 Stack Exchange communities.

Many times when going through the Close queue I see that people are using the too localized reason. Sometimes the reason for this is in the comments (like the syntax error being pointed out), but a lot of times it's in the answer, so then I have to click on the question and look at the answers to see if it is really too localized.

Could we please get the answers shown underneath the question in the Close review queue?

share|improve this question
6  
I don't think they should be expanded by default (or maybe only one expanded by default), but I'd like an easy way to import the answers into the same review screen rather than opening another window/tab. –  animuson Mar 21 '13 at 22:29
11  
You posted your question 20 days after mine and then voted to close mine as duplicate...? –  jogojapan Apr 18 '13 at 3:02

3 Answers 3

up vote 11 down vote accepted

I'd very much like to see this done, at least for questions with suggested duplicates.

Why do I want this? Well, the notice placed on questions closed as duplicates looks like this:

This question already has an answer here:
Link to duplicate question   n+1 answers

The way I see it, if the closed question already has answers, there is, or at least should be, an implied "better" there. There's no point in closing a question with a great answer as a duplicate of one with merely a decent answer. In fact, doing so is actively counterproductive, since it directs visitors to the less well answered question.

Currently, if a question in the duplicate close vote review queue already has answers, the only way to see them is to open it in a new tab. To add insult to injury, the tabs showing the suggested duplicate questions do include their answers; it's only the answers to the question under review that can't be seen through the review interface.

Anyway, I was going to make a separate feature request for this, but I figure this one is close enough, so I'll just put a bounty on it to give it a bit more visibility.

Ps. Since the extra attention I was hoping for doesn't seem to have materialized, and since I can't award the bounty back to myself, does anybody want +200 rep as a Christmas present? Just post an answer... ;-)


Update: Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch v1.10 now contains a client-side implementation of this feature. It works by detecting the presence of un-displayed answers (based on the summary table) and loading them via AJAX instead. There's some kluginess involved in reformatting the answer wrapper elements to fit the review page format, but overall it seems to work nice and smoothly.

Here's a screenshot:

Screenshot

share|improve this answer
    
Meta bounties never seem particularly effective, which is a shame –  Richard Tingle Dec 24 '13 at 21:54

I recently asked the question: Do "too broad" questions become less broad after an acceptable answer is given?

There seemed to be a consensus that the existence of an answer added more information to the question, and that this information was useful in deciding if a question should be closed or not.

In particular, in this answer, shog9 wrote:

But when you're viewing an answered question, you have additional data: is the answer (or answers) complete? Do they satisfy the asker and stand a reasonable chance of being helpful to others facing the same problem? If so, it's a safe bet that the question is not too broad!

Based on this, I would really like to see a limited version of this suggestion implemented. In particular, if a question in the close review queue has an accepted answer, it would be very convenient if that answer was displayed under the question. This doesn't cover every case, of course; but more often than not, it's a useful piece of information to have when considering a review.

Also, I especially feel that now is a good time to consider implementing this; I think the recent review count changes and review queue community event will lead to a lot of people enthusiastically blowing through the queue, maybe it's best to make it as convenient as possible for people to get more information that may lead to a "Leave Open" choice.

share|improve this answer

I think animuson has it right (in the comment to the question), there should be a way to expand to see the answers if one wanted to. We could use a link, or and arrow (like in the mod tools) or whatever, but instead of immediately showing the answers, the reviewer would click on something to bring them up. There are many times you don't need the answers, so this will save a bit on bandwidth.

At the very least we should be shown that there are answers, and maybe how many of them.

share|improve this answer
    
Merry Christmas! :) –  Ilmari Karonen Dec 25 '13 at 20:51
    
@IlmariKaronen, it sure is now! –  Lance Roberts Dec 25 '13 at 20:51

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .