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If you browse to one of your own pending suggested edits, accessed from your user activity page, you are directed to the suggested edit in the review queue. Example: a review item. There, the message

This item is not reviewable.

is displayed. As written, the message may be patently false; I see by refreshing:

This item is not reviewable.

Jesus Ramos reviewed this 5 mins ago: Approve

I guess it was reviewable after all. Clearly, it's meant to say that the item is not reviewable by you, since you're the one who suggested the edit.

The same applies for things like Low Quality Posts tasks where you previously flagged the post, or Close Votes tasks where you voted to close externally, etc.

Please change it to something like "You may not review this item.".

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    I think "You may not review this item." would be confusing due to its forceful tone. There's no reason why we can't be explicit; why not "You cannot review this item, as its review is already complete."? – Aza Jul 9 '13 at 8:05
  • So what happened here? Why not moving forward? Got this error message, and it was a bit vague at first. – lpapp Dec 28 '13 at 2:56
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I believe that "This item is not reviewable" could drive people away as it sounds forceful. Changing it to something more clearer like "You aren't allowed to review this item" could work. Maybe even something with a softer tone so the user doesn't feel at fault?

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The message is misleading. I got it when I got a post in review, then voted on it outside the review, then returned to the review item. It made me think that I somehow broke the review process, so no other people can review that post now and it's stuck in limbo or something - so I initially thought about filing a bug.

Even "You cannot review this item" (if a more specific message is not practical) would not cause that kind of confusion.

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I definitely agree that this should be changed. This message is not at all clear. It's also wrong, because the item is reviewable (just not by you).

However, I'd make the message a little smarter, and explain why exactly one cannot review an item. For instance:

You cannot review this item because you have already voted on it.

...or:

Your suggested edit is pending review.

(That last message is shown to users without editing privileges.)

I often go looking for corresponding review tasks for votes or flags I cast. Also, I go check to see if there are any review tasks that I can't review that cause the review notification to show up or a nonzero number to show up on the main review page despite the queue showing as "cleared" when I actually go to it.

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