I appreciate the continuing hard work that the SE team is doing, and I recognize that there are some good features in the new, beta review system, but on balance I don't think it's better. To really do a decent job of reviewing a post, I have to click the link to open the page in a new tab, which means the new system is just one additional step that gets in the way (i.e., $A \rightarrow B \rightarrow C$, instead of $A \rightarrow C$). Several issues seem to be discussed elsewhere, so I won't re-hash them here. These are the points that I think are distinctive:

  • mathjax does not seem to be enabled, so it's much harder to read and understand the posts & associated comments
  • A bigger issue is that I can't really see the context of whatever I'm supposed to be judging. In terms of keeping the site clean and useable as a long-term repository of knowledge, pages need to be seen as users would see them: whole with the question at the top, all other answers and all the comments displayed. (Yes, I can click the link to open in a new tab, but why do I have to go through an intermediate page that I can't use?) For example, if I'm supposed to judge a low quality post, I can't see the other answers that have previously been offered. A brief answer that doesn't provide much informational context may or may not be useful for someone who comes to that page depending on what else is there, but I don't have access to that without going to the regular page.
  • Do you have some examples? The only actions on low-quality answers are leave it, edit it, or delete it. Deletion should only be used for obviously bad stuff (definitely not "this is a duplicate of other information" or "there's a better answer"), so if there's any possibility of it being useful just leave it. – David Fullerton Aug 14 '12 at 16:24
  • I don't want to spend a lot of time hunting for examples. What is it you're unsure of, mathjax, or where it would've been helpful to have the context? (NB, for the latter I would say all, albeit only in a small number of cases will it be clearly vital.) As for the available options, styles differ I suppose; I'm reluctant to edit answers & prefer not to delete (at least at first). My standard approach is to comment based on what's going on on that page as a whole--such as the comments you suggest, which notably only make sense given the other A's, & possibly come back later to flag. – gung - Reinstate Monica Aug 14 '12 at 17:15
  • Sorry, I didn't mean the mathjax. That's definitely a bug and will get fixed. – David Fullerton Aug 14 '12 at 18:51

After the next build mathjax will be rendered on load of a review item.

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