I failed this audit. The original post is here. I don't think this audit is good, because the question is clearly "too broad" and should be closed as such, and remain closed as such.

No harm is done, but I know that the posts that get put into audits are automated, here is a case where the automated process failed.


I also just failed another audit (original). Clearly this should be closed as off-topic because it is about "general computing hardware and software".

I think there are probably a few problems with the reopen audits. Until they are fixed I am going to stop reviewing in that queue - because I fear the auto-ban might get me.

The point of my post (as it seems unclear to some):

I think these specific audits are on bad posts, and I think they should be removed from the selection of audits for this queue.

  • What is the question - whether we agree? Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 7:49
  • @JanDvorak I added clarification.
    – Inbar Rose
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 7:52
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    What you ask for is not possible technically, unless the system will be changed to pick audits manually. Those audits are already "used" and as far as I can tell, won't appear to anyone else any more. Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 7:53
  • if bad audits should be removed (which pretty much everyone agrees), please suggest an automated way to detect (at least some) bad audits Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 7:54
  • How about instead of removing bad ones - try to filter them out of getting into the selection process to begin with?
    – Inbar Rose
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 7:54
  • @InbarRose the same issue: suggest how Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 8:53
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    There have already been a few suggestions in various posts, they don't belong in this post. I suppose the purpose of this post is to just notify about 2 specific cases where the automated process failed (in my opinion). But if it leads to a solution that would be great - But I do not know enough about the SO system to be of any real help. My favorite suggestion so far was here... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/167239/… - the disagree button!
    – Inbar Rose
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 8:57
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    @Lance how is that a dup? Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 13:38

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I agree with you on the first post. It seems to me to be way too broad as well since it is someone just asking for hints on how to develop something. I think it is an interesting question, but it is not a fit for SO.

I don't necessarily agree with you on #2. Yes it is about software, but it is about Eclipse, so I believe it fits under the this provision in the on-topic question list.

  • software tools commonly used by programmers

Now, I do not think this is a well asked question by any stretch as it is just saying "I opened Eclipse and couldn't do anything" and a screenshot to prove the menus are gray, but I don't think it is as clearly off topic as you say.

The criteria for selecting reopen audit questions as defined by Shog are

  • Recently asked
  • Score between 5 and 15 (inclusive)
  • Never locked, migrated, or deleted
  • No close votes or downvotes, ever
  • (On Stack Overflow) at least 100 views

So by simply using your own privileges, you have the power to remove what you perceive a bad audit question from the queue by casting a downvote or a close vote.

Since you asked this question, the first post has picked up 2 close votes, so it will no longer be used as an audit question. The 2nd post still meets the criteria as it has not picked up and downvotes or close votes has picked up a downvote, so it will no longer be used as a reopen audit either.

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