Link: What is a good method of doing TDD with legacy Delphi code having embedded SQL

Please tell me because I just failed a reopen audit on it! :-)

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    If people upvote your question, do they agree that's a good question, or do they agree that it shouldn't have been an audit?
    – Dave Chen
    Sep 9, 2013 at 20:42
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    @DaveChen It's meta; nobody knows what votes mean here. Try not to read into it too much if you value your sanity.
    – Servy
    Sep 9, 2013 at 20:43
  • @DaveChen, you'll have to post that as question on meta(meta).stackexchange.com.
    – user225770
    Sep 9, 2013 at 20:45
  • @Ferdinand.kraft Meta is its own meta. Recursion FTW.
    – Servy
    Sep 9, 2013 at 20:46
  • @Servy this is a concept beyond my understanding.
    – user225770
    Sep 9, 2013 at 20:51
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    +1 because I agree with how you voted on your audit, -1 because I'm no longer sure what voting here means. Sep 9, 2013 at 20:55
  • @DaveChen - Perhaps 7 people just like the Rosette Nebula.
    – JDB
    Sep 9, 2013 at 21:09
  • @Cybȫʁgϟ37, so, if I had Angelina Jolie in my gravatar I'd have more upvotes?
    – user225770
    Sep 9, 2013 at 21:44
  • @Ferdinand.kraft Who knows? Try it and lets find out.
    – JDB
    Sep 9, 2013 at 21:45

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I believed the purpose of audit questions is to correct "robo-reviewer" behaviour. If that is true, then I don't think that was a good audit question.

A conscientious reviewer (which I believe you were) could decide that question should be closed. Whether or not that close decision is considered correct, the point remains that you reached it by thoughtful deliberation.

It just seems wrong to me that you should be presented with a fail notice which screams at you to slow down and pay attention. If your "leave closed" decision was actually wrong (I'm unconvinced about that), it was not because you were whipping through the queue too fast. If audits are intended to discourage robo-reviews, the audit questions should be more clear-cut.

On the other hand, if audits are also intended to train us about nuances of close vote policy, then maybe it was a good audit question after all. I would have failed that audit same as you. That means I don't understand close vote policy well enough. And that makes me conclude I should stop reviewing reopen and close votes.

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    Audits are primarily intended to catch "robo-reviewers" and, thus, are supposed to be easy. That said, the questions are selected by a robo-reviewer-robo-reviewer which frequently selects questions which are not "easy" (i.e. "obvious"). While they may be useful for instruction, that is only meant as a by-product after being suspended for robo-reviewing.
    – JDB
    Sep 9, 2013 at 21:56
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    I'm posting here also because it's not the first time I face such borderline cases; actually, the majority of audits I faced in the close and reopen queues are obscure like the one here.
    – user225770
    Sep 9, 2013 at 23:06

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