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After going through posts in the /review page, one of the trends that I noticed was that very few non-answers were upvoted at all. Now that results are presented in random groupings if a query has more than a certain number of results, there isn't a way to sort these results by votes or by those which perform worst on the review algorithm.

A lot of short but good answers are now popping up in the low quality posts tab's random groupings, which is making it harder to find true non-answers. Almost all of the upvoted answers that appear here are actual answers and should be left alone. Very few of the non-answers get voted up by anyone, because of their lack of content.

If we had an option on the /review page to filter the low quality posts to only those at 0 votes or lower, I think it would make the random groupings more effective in showing potential answers to be removed, as well as questions that may need help.

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This is now the default.

It's possible that we'll some day improve the heuristics enough to be confident that some subset of up-voted posts have sufficiently serious quality issues to warrant review (or just redirect "low-quality" moderator flags) but until then we're focusing on those that haven't attracted votes (or have attracted down-votes).

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I think that would be a mistake:

  • Some (new?) users upvote any and all answers to their questions.

  • Just because something is popular, it does not mean that it's helpful, on-topic or not offensive.

  • If such an option was available, many (most?) reviewers would enable it and lots of posts would slip through the cracks.

I would prefer, instead, a "mark as OK" flag which would allow a post to be removed from the review system if e.g. 5 reviewers with a reputation of, say, over 2000 thought that it was acceptable. I, for one, am getting tired of reviewing the same posts over and over again...

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"Mark as OK" is also available now (in the form of "Looks Good"). –  Shog9 Jan 18 '13 at 23:31

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