In the First Posts review queue when having a test conducted on you on a question it shows you that the number of current close votes is 5.

test fail

This is the result

test pass

I passed this test but I'm guessing I shouldn't have been told that there were already 5 close votes on the question?

Here's the review link

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    I wasn't aware of the review-audits tag @animuson but new-users over first-posts? Dec 5, 2012 at 21:39
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    Man, I'm loving these edge cases. It's developer schadenfreude.
    – Charles
    Dec 5, 2012 at 21:41
  • @Ben: Check the review tag wiki. ;) First posts are only ever posted by new users, so you're basically reviewing new users. It was actually the SE team who first started using that tag combination, as well.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 5, 2012 at 21:42
  • I'm not sure it's an edge case @Charles. This is the third time it's happened to me. The problem is that I normally think ouch that's crap and the muscles take over the brain so I click "close" before I think about taking a screenshot. Dec 5, 2012 at 21:42
  • @Ben, keep in mind that the audit posts are selected from the list of questions that were flagged and deleted by diamond mods. Usually posts only appear in the queue when they're live and action needs to be taken. Therefore, this is an edge case: normally we want to know there are close votes, and this time, not so much.
    – Charles
    Dec 5, 2012 at 21:45
  • @Charles: Yeah, the audit queues are taking much longer to wring out than I would have expected. Take that, you scheduling determinists.
    – user102937
    Dec 5, 2012 at 21:47
  • @RobertHarvey, I'm not surprised. I expect that they wanted to make sure that it's an adequate test first and didn't worry about making it perfect during the first iteration.
    – Charles
    Dec 5, 2012 at 21:50
  • @RobertHarvey now that it's clear that doing audits right will take quite a lot of time, the question is rather why SE team doesn't try cheaper / quicker ways to at least "lower the tension"? I mean stuff like tuning action buttons timeouts, short-lived locks for suggestions under review, stuff like that
    – gnat
    Dec 6, 2012 at 16:11
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    @gnat: I don't really get the skip delay; it sounds like micro-management to me. Locks are difficult to get right on web pages. TBH I found the Review dialog counterintuitive initially; for some reason it took me awhile to get used to it, but I like it now. It works especially well on the smaller sites.
    – user102937
    Dec 6, 2012 at 16:15
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    @RobertHarvey skip is delayed probably because it appeared simplest to implement back then, like let's do this for all the buttons. For a new, untested feature that would be somewhat reasonable approach; it jut took some time to find out that timing out skip and action buttons same way is like running with hands tied behind your back
    – gnat
    Dec 6, 2012 at 16:20
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    Its already easy to tell if a review is a test or not when all you have to do to trigger a pass is click the comment or flag links before you might otherwise upvote or skip. Really the test completion event should fire on clicking the "I'm Done" button to be sure the user was actually going to commit to that action
    – WebChemist
    Dec 7, 2012 at 5:10
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    Isn't it amazing that everyone finding quirks in the tests are actually paying attention to what they're doing to begin with? :)
    – user50049
    Dec 7, 2012 at 7:12
  • @TimPost well if test purpose is just to make user pay attention then I have a perfect test design for that. Just break a randomly picked review and display a (randomly choosen) either of "Congratulations!" or "STOP!" messages. Simple and bulletproof isn't it? one would just have to edit review-audits tag wiki and drop that crap about "honing skills" from there
    – gnat
    Dec 7, 2012 at 11:33

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Audits will not show you any indication of previous close votes. This was fixed a few weeks ago and seems to be working well.

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    Looks broken again; I just got an audit in the Close Votes queue that had [closed] in the title of the question.
    – Wooble
    Jul 2, 2013 at 14:47

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