So this audit came up. It was clearly not a crap answer, and I could tell it was probably an audit because no username was being displayed, but I wanted to read the question before deciding whether to "no action" or "skip". The question had slightly fuddled grammar so I decided to look at its comments. The comment expansion text read "show 8 more comments" (all 8 comments were hidden). I clicked it and it failed the audit.

Why should an audit based on a known good answer fail because I was attempting to get more information on the question?

Interestingly enough, several non-audit reviews I've seen replace the "add comment"/"show more comments" link with the text "comments disabled on deleted / locked posts / reviews". At the very least this text should have shown for this audit.

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    This is a bug, plain and simple. The natural inclination of a good reviewer should be to get more information about the post before making a decision, if they're not sure. Clicking on "show 8 more comments" should not ever be punitive.
    – user102937
    Aug 1, 2013 at 17:27
  • Wow. How long has [disputed-review-audits] existed? Aug 14, 2013 at 18:40
  • A month I guess, @Bolt? Just noticed it myself. Great way to make sure a bug with review doesn't get noticed.
    – Shog9
    Aug 14, 2013 at 18:43

2 Answers 2


Recent changes to the comments mechanism may have caused this problem, but question comments weren't supposed to render in this situation anyway. This is fixed now.


Ok, I've reproduced this. It confused me at first, because we explicitly designed these audits to not show any comments - but it looks like we neglected to strip the comments from the question on audits where an answer was displayed. Clicking "show" triggers the same action as clicking "add comment" normally, which is considered a negative action.

show more comments link

Note that for audit-answers to questions without any comments, the link appears like this:

comments disabled

Clicking it neither fails nor passes the test.

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    why is commenting on a good post considered to be an audit fail? Are comments assumed to be negative in all cases? Aug 14, 2013 at 19:23
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    Comments are assumed to be negative in the context of a review, yes.
    – Shog9
    Aug 14, 2013 at 19:24
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    @Shog9, thanks for the explanation. I just ran into this and as a new reviewer I was unaware that comments are assumed to be negative.
    – shoover
    Jan 15, 2014 at 20:51

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