Just recently the audits have been introduced to filtered review queues.

I've got an audit this morning which seems to be out of scope for my filtered list.

I have filtered my list to only review VBA and Excel-VBA tags while the audit is tagged with perl http pipes which have nothing in common with VBA.

I see a problem with the way the system currently works

  • Since I have a filtered list of tags, once I see a differently tagged question I already know it's an audit. Come on, that's too easy!

Can this please be fixed?


I have ran into another audit which I decided to edit - the question was tagged VBA and I thought it had nothing to do with VBA so I selected Edit which was the correct action.

Now, once the first audit was clearly one to close - nothing to do with VBA and really easy to know that it actually was an audit - the second one was a very good audit.

I am just thinking now if this is a proper bug or just a matter of malfunction in the system. I think the first one may have been made an audit for the wrong reason.

Let's turn this into a discussion as I can't clearly work the system out.

  • if you notice the question is mistagged for your filter, you are paying attention. That's what the audits are for. Commented Nov 8, 2013 at 8:56
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    @JanDvorak but if the question is mistagged for my filter I am still required to take the proper action which may not always be closing. I can skip - but then what is the point of having the filter in first place?
    – user221081
    Commented Nov 8, 2013 at 8:59
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    I also just got an audit that had nothing to do with my tag filter. I was so confused by the tags that I went to the real question and almost left a snarky comment about learning to read the tag wiki excerpts when tagging a question. That could have even embarrassing :) Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 20:20

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For technical reasons we aren't querying for audits with filters enabled, we just fake the audit post, so that it looks like it matches your filters. While reviewing the faked posts appears like it matches your filters:


Unfortunately you don't see the faked post in the audit result because we don't save filter setting snapshots with the review results:


Otherwise this completely serves the purpose of testing whether or not you're paying attention to what you click while reviewing

  • Heh, you finally managed to audit me by doing this, after 250+ votes with no audits. They're pretty obvious when I filter on R and see questions on c#. However, it actually worked on me (as I failed the first one), so good on ya.
    – Frank
    Commented Nov 10, 2013 at 1:55
  • Can you expand on the technical reason? Is it performance or something else?
    – rene
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:32
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    What about people that filter only duplicates? Based on this recent question, it seems that you aren't even making an attempt to match the filters? Commented Mar 29, 2014 at 9:45
  • @psubsee2003 will check it out, tnx for bringing it to my attention
    – m0sa
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 11:41
  • @m0sa if it is a legit bug, could you please reopen it. Right now, it is closed as a dup of this one. Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 12:30
  • I have just been reviewing the close queue for just [C#] but I was given stackoverflow.com/review/close/7046931?filter-tags=c%23 . This question is only tagged with [Ruby]. This meta Q&A suggests I should also be seeing an faked [C#] tag for this audit.
    – AdrianHHH
    Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 9:49

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