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So I received the following message today after clicking the 'Skip' button on a close vote review because I guess I took too long to vote on it and it said it was already closed when I tried to vote.

You have failed too many recent review audits – looks like you might need a break. Come back in 7 days to continue reviewing.

While the point might be valid because I do often fail the close vote review audits (though I'd generally argue that my way of voting was correct, though sometimes I take the fail as a correction), I'm unclear why I received this message after doing something other than fail a review audit. I believe at least something is wrong because of when this message popped up for me.

As a secondary note, my record is much better for other types of reviews and so it does feel unfair that I'm blocked from all reviews when close votes are the only thing I'm arguably not very skilled at.

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I actually banned you manually. Looking through your history a little more thorougly, I suppose you’re not robo-reviewing, but you were on the list for this suggested edit, and then this happened too.

So you’re unbanned now. But keep in mind that suggested edits that format random words as code are not valid. (And way too many of them keep getting approved, too. Grr.)

Also ones to keep in mind (look back at your history from time to time, perhaps?):

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Please don't look through my review history. You seem to like review-banning people. You're doing a great job, BTW. –  Undo Jul 15 '13 at 22:27
    
@Undo Was that sarcasm? –  ɥʇǝS Jul 15 '13 at 23:07
    
@Seth Sarcasm is in the eye of the beholder. Also, note the lack of the </sarcasm> tag. –  Undo Jul 15 '13 at 23:12
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Thanks. I will be more careful about those ones and perhaps less willing to let marginally good edits through without improvement. –  G Gordon Worley III Jul 16 '13 at 3:22
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Please keep up looking through review histories and banning people (especially if they abuse code formatting for non-code entities). You're doing a great job! –  Cody Gray Jul 16 '13 at 8:04
    
I just experienced the same thing. It would be great if you offered a warning (via email) instead of just outrightly blocking people from advancing the community forward. It seems a bit counter-intuitive to block the very people who take the time to review, especially given the massive backlog of unreviewed items. You're basically telling a volunteer their work isn't good enough, but you haven't even given them a chance to improve. –  sethvargo Jul 14 at 14:43
    
@sethvargo: A review ban is your chance to improve. Don’t worry about it too much. –  minitech Jul 14 at 15:04
    
@minitech how am I supposed to improve with absolutely no information about why I was banned? –  sethvargo Jul 14 at 15:12
    
@minitech this is all I see when I try to review something: cl.ly/image/0m3g1T332r3o/…. There is no context. No "here is what you did wrong". No "here is how you can improve". I can't improve when I wasn't even told what I did wrong. –  sethvargo Jul 14 at 15:12
    
@sethvargo: Didn’t you get a ban message with links to reviews you should consider more carefully? (I don’t know; it’s one of the things moderators can’t read, for some reason.) –  minitech Jul 14 at 15:13
    
@minitech I got nothing. I clicked on the review tab this morning and that is what I see. I opened a support ticket too. –  sethvargo Jul 14 at 15:14
    
@sethvargo: Ah, thank you for the edit. You really don’t know why stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/5289265 is completely wrong? –  minitech Jul 14 at 15:14
    
@minitech do you want to chat in a different medium (IRC)? I don't want to flood this post. –  sethvargo Jul 14 at 15:14
    
@sethvargo: Whatever you prefer. –  minitech Jul 14 at 15:15
    
@minitech I'm "sethvargo" on IRC (freenode) –  sethvargo Jul 14 at 15:16

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