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Today I clicked on Review and saw the message below.

You've failed too many recent review audits - looks like you might need a break. Come back in in 7 days and try again.

Why does this type of message appear?

Is there any daily limit to viewing reviews on Stack Overflow?

http://i.stack.imgur.com/xj5X3.png

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    I'd say the message is fairly clear, you failed too many review audits are were temporarily review banned. Didn't know this change was pushed out yet. And this would appear to be unrelated to your title (which there are daily limits on the number of reviews too) Dec 14 '12 at 6:37
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    No, no no, no. Don't downvote this. This needs to have a million points and sit at the top of the question list for a week. It's finally happening.
    – Charles
    Dec 14 '12 at 6:38
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    5 Steward badges... hmm...
    – Mysticial
    Dec 14 '12 at 6:40
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    @Charles: The less people know about it, the better, eh? Dec 14 '12 at 6:42
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    see explanation here: "suspending reviewing privileges for folks who fail multiple review audits in a short time...". Did I mention that this post made my day? Woo-hoo it finally happened
    – gnat
    Dec 14 '12 at 6:44
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    "Come back in in 7 days and try again." (emphasis mine) Cannot unsee. Dec 14 '12 at 6:46
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn It's still grammatically correct though. "[Come back in] in 7 days"
    – Mysticial
    Dec 14 '12 at 6:47
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    @Mysticial: I realize. It's still kind of awkward in this context... Dec 14 '12 at 6:48
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    @gnat, I think this is the first time in a very, very long time that I've been glad to see a new tag.
    – Charles
    Dec 14 '12 at 6:57
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    I may actually go back to the review queues now.
    – J. Steen
    Dec 14 '12 at 10:47
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    Christmas came early!
    – user7116
    Dec 14 '12 at 13:56
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    @Mysticial, I like how badges line to "Steward android". Dec 14 '12 at 14:28
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    I wonder if I should be worried that this OP has earned the 'Research Assistant' badge... Dec 14 '12 at 22:26
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    I made the tweak to the banned text - this will be in in the next deploy. Dec 15 '12 at 1:48
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    How many is too many? I failed 2 last week and I got banned. Jan 16 '13 at 6:26
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Review queue audits are now in place. A lot of people are blindly upvoting everything in the queue without even reading the posts, just so that they can get the badges. So, some posts in the review queue are designed to catch such users, these are known as "audits". You failed too many, so you're review-banned now.

If you're in it for the badges/stats, don't participate in the queue. Blindly upvoting/etc. is extremely bad for the site.

Here are the full details on how the ban works. Most of the steps take into account the length of any previous review bans you've faced, including manual bans imposed by a moderator:

  • If you fail three audits within a (rolling) 30-day period, you will be banned for 2 days if you have no history of getting banned, or for half the length of your previous ban if you do.

  • Once a review ban ends, you'll be placed on "review probation" for a period of 30 days. If you fail a single audit while on review probation, you'll be banned for double the length of your previous ban. Review probation is also imposed at the end of a manual moderator's ban.

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    Since he already has his 5 Steward badges, I don't understand why he's continuing to review. What more does he want? It looks like even the badges don't matter now either. Dec 14 '12 at 6:49
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn - 1 Steward badge is still remaining. He is second in Reopen votes Dec 14 '12 at 6:50
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    See, all the time we're complaining about how numbing mindless jobs are that only require you to click one button each day, every day, and people are still doing it here, voluntarily!
    – slhck
    Dec 14 '12 at 6:51
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    @hims056: Oh yes, right, there are six review queues now (and I imagine more will be added later for these drones to harvest). Dec 14 '12 at 6:51
  • @ʞɔɥls: Voluntarily? Dec 14 '12 at 6:52
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    Okay, maybe not quite. Anyway, if there were a clear message that these badges could be revoked if you failed too many times, or people would be blocked from reviewing altogether, that'd even be a better solution (as far as I can see in this case). @Bol
    – slhck
    Dec 14 '12 at 6:56
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    @ʞɔɥls 'could be revoked' -> should be revoked! Let his/them earn them again after his/their review ban is lifted!
    – Veger
    Dec 16 '12 at 11:37
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn - Does the failed audit count gets reset after serving a 7 day ban?!
    – Rahul
    Nov 5 '13 at 11:37
  • @R.J meta.stackexchange.com/questions/174118/… . The system may take the fact that you were banned before into account, so if previously 4 audits give rise to a ban, this time it may take only 3 additional failed audits. Nov 5 '13 at 11:43
  • (ignore the previous-now-deleted comment, I copy pasted wrong) Nov 5 '13 at 11:45
  • @Manishearth I'm blocked second time. This time I was very careful. I read the question by opened in another tab and then approved. But i got message like you need a break. Can anyone help me to get review option Pls?
    – Kumar V
    Jan 22 '14 at 16:09
  • @kumar_v No you weren't. Audit questions are ones which have been closed or deleted, and you would have noticed on opening it in a new tab. Link to the failed audit? Jan 22 '14 at 19:55
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    @kumar_v Hmm, apparently this was a suggested edit audit, in which case my comment about opening in an new tab doesn't apply; however there is no reason to open suggested edits in a new tab anyway. And the audit was a pretty obvious spam one. I would say that you deserve the ban. Jan 22 '14 at 20:01
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    @kumar_v - You've failed all of the last four suggested edit audits you were presented with (last two: stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/3867154 , stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/3810598 ). There is no situation under which these should be approved, since they are complete garbage. The system is right, you were not paying attention to what you were reviewing, you were warned about this multiple times, and so the ban is justified. When you are able to review again in 30 days, please read everything you review a lot more carefully. Jan 22 '14 at 20:10
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    I think some audit questions are not really well selected, as e.g. "low quality" in some cases is really opinion based. I would prefer a short answer that just links to a website with a detailed tutorial/answer, than no answer at all.. Just got a ban because of that. I think it's good to have these audits, but audit questions/answer should be obvious, and not be border cases.
    – d4Rk
    Apr 5 '15 at 15:52
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Starting the other month, review audit checks were added to the review queues. These were added after disturbing "rubber stamping" was noticed, which resulted in poor quality content being upvoted constantly.

These audit checks are questions that are known to be high-quality, or known to be low-quality. It is expected that you, as a reviewer, are able to discern the difference between high quality, average quality, and low quality content, and are taking an appropriate action.

That is, you should be upvoting great content, leaving average content alone (or suggesting improvements), and helping to improve, flag or otherwise help with the moderation of low-quality content.

When you pick the wrong answer during one of these audits, the system should give you feedback on what went wrong and how to improve your actions in the future.

You have failed so many of these audits that you have been temporarily banned from the review queues.

When the ban is lifted next week, you need to either use the review queues and act like a responsible member of the community -- don't just upvote everything -- or avoid the queues completely.

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This is review suspension. It could happen to reviewer who frequently observes the message looking like:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/fKYEP.png

Above message indicates that user failed a review audit:

Test items in review queues that are designed to help new reviewers hone their moderation skills, while nudging more experienced users that don't seem to be paying close attention to what they're reviewing...

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