When approving a post that system thinks should not have you are presented with something along the lines of

This post has severe quality issues. It is abusive nonsense, noise, spam, blatantly off-topic or otherwise irredeemable - readers will find it offensive or repulsive rather than helpful. You should delete or recommend deletion when reviewing such posts.

Don't worry, we've already handled this post appropriately - but please take a minute to look it over closely, keeping in mind the guidance shown above.

With a "I understand" button, what about if you disagree with that assertion? Is there a way to indicate that? If there isn't perhaps one should be added so that data can be collected to improve the system.

For example:

While reviewing the low quality posts queue I got the following answer from yegor256 to to the question https://stackoverflow.com/q/11362889/384985

Try s3auth.com (I'm a developer). It does exactly what you're looking for, free of charge.

Which I approved and the system responded that I should have recommended deletion.

From what it looks like to me the OP is asking a question about adding basic username/password authentication for an Amazon s3 hosted website and the answer is mentioning a free product/service that does what the user wants. It is true that the user answering is affiliated (they posted a disclaimer) with the product but from what I understand that is allowed.

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    I agree. If the system can handled this post appropriately, then why have reviewers at all? And as the OP said, a "Disagree" button would provide valuable feedback to make the system better.
    – Drise
    Sep 12, 2012 at 14:47
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    Your example is a textbook example of a low quality post...
    – user7116
    Sep 12, 2012 at 15:40
  • @sixlettervariables Can you elaborate why you think so? Since from what I see it's a short answer but it seems to provide exactly what the OP was looking for.
    – Jack
    Sep 12, 2012 at 15:44
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    It should be a comment if anything, beyond the fact the question is a shopping question / gimme teh codez.
    – user7116
    Sep 12, 2012 at 15:46
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    @Jack Link only answers are discouraged. What if the link breaks? Then the answer basically becomes useless. Including a brief snippet about how to use the library, for example, would have made it acceptable.
    – Mansfield
    Sep 17, 2013 at 15:39

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Those posts are not actually flagged as low quality by the system, or voted to close. Instead, they are selected by a (seemingly) separate algorithm, and supposed to be "gotchas" introduced in the review queues to test our ability to detect low-quality or closable posts.

If you disagree with the system, post on Meta like you did. I recently did the same myself.

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    Still, a "Disagree" button to tell the developers "I think your gotchas selection algorithm needs improvement" with less effort would be useful, I believe. Sep 12, 2012 at 15:31
  • It would, but... Do you encounter such cases so often to justify a feature like that?
    – bfavaretto
    Sep 12, 2012 at 17:23
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    @bfavaretto yes, I did. I don't review anymore though, and won't until there's a built in dispute mechanism.
    – jball
    Sep 17, 2013 at 16:08

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