So, I was reviewing Suggested Edits on StackOverflow. I made a determination on one edit, and the next appeared. I immediately thought "wait--I wonder" and clicked my browser's back button to check something else regarding that review. I honestly don't remember what it was, but everything turned out fine. So I clicked the forward button on my browser to get back to the next suggested edit in line. And I got this:

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This suggested edit is pretty clearly a review audit, and if you'll glance at the text inside the shiny red circle, you'll see that reloading the audit in the browser window generates the error:

This item is not reviewable.

When I proceeded onward to the next edit, I was not given another audit. Edits proceeded as normal.

The problem I see here is that it gives robo-reviewers a way to cheat the audit system. It would take them a little extra time, but it would be a 100% guarantee that they would never fail an audit. It's easy: load next review, click backspace key, load review again. If you see the error, hit next and repeat. If you don't, press approve and repeat.

So... Fix? :)


Huh... Further interesting is this. I still had the tab open, and I refreshed the page (I don't know why, I think some part of my brain was expecting a new review to appear, which of course didn't happen.) But upon refresh, I saw this:

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That's right--someone else got my audit, and it tells me if they passed or failed it! Curiouser and curiouser.

Also, here's a link to the audit in question, in case that helps anybody.

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    Or, they could... you know, actually review the post. That would be faster than all these back-forward shenanigans. – Doorknob Aug 28 '13 at 22:46
  • @Doorknob They could, but if they did then they wouldn't be a problem :) Maybe you're right and no one would do this. But I just realized it's a pretty obvious cue that it's an audit (not that suggested edit audits aren't pretty obvious to begin with...) so I just figured I'd mention it! – WendiKidd Aug 28 '13 at 22:48
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    You can see others' audits anyway when you have a link to them like you did (or in the history tab once you get 10k) – Doorknob Aug 28 '13 at 22:58
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    What's a smarty template? – Cole Johnson Aug 28 '13 at 23:00
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    AFAIK, if you browse away from an audit, someone else can "claim" it; and as only one user can process an audit at one time, you get This item is not reviewable. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Aug 28 '13 at 23:05
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    Just happened to me as well. – Kevin Aug 29 '13 at 17:55

You get in to this situation when you refresh or accidently refresh the review screen and it turn out to be an audit. Already reported this situation here. The same was discussed highly over here. Although it still remains unFixed.. I Guess the developers never expected the user to keep refreshing the page..

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