I got this as a review task:

Scanner not working instead of buffered reader

I read the post, added a comment that I thought would help clarify, and voted to leave open. However, it should have been obvious to me that it clearly should have been closed.

What should have tipped me off?

I don't make it a habit of rushing through these tasks (I think I've missed one or two otherwise) and I know that this kind of thing is subjective, but the tests should be obviously one way or the other, and I don't feel this one was.


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It's not about what would have tipped you off - I would expect most people to fail the occasional audit - especially due to the somewhat controversial quality of some of the questions that are automatically chosen as review candidates.

I would have voted to close that question because:

  • it's just a block of code with a "please tell me what's wrong with this code" question
  • there is no explanation of exactly how it's not working

While it is potentially answerable, it's still not a good quality question and shouldn't be encouraged in its current state.

  • Sorry for mis-spellings - I'm typing on a keyboard with no 'h' or 'j' so have to copy/paste them in :)
    – slugster
    Apr 28, 2013 at 4:09
  • Wow - and I thought I had it bad working with a keyboard with a sticky 5 key on the number pad :) Apr 28, 2013 at 4:12
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    @Slugster: You don't have a #1 fan, do you? Someone that is forcing you to finish that final piece of code in the series with a broken keyboard? :)
    – John
    Apr 28, 2013 at 4:25
  • @john Nah, I'm just on holiday and the laptop has some dodgy keys, I can live without the j but the h is reasonably common. I might have to memories their ISO codes so I can avoid copy/paste :)
    – slugster
    Apr 28, 2013 at 7:02

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