I've been seeing a few failed tests when I vote to close questions on SO. Apparently others thought the questions were valid enough, but they lacked (for instance) code, or were not code-related.

One example I just failed was How to set projects to the recent view in Visual Studio?, which in my opinion is not a proper question for SO (as it is not code-related, but caused by setting a specific option in VS).

Similarly, I recently voted to close some question that showed some kind of a flow diagram and asking how to achieve it, but without any code or other effort shown in it. I've noticed it happening with a few other questionable questions as well, at ended up getting blocked from reviewing for 2 days as a result.

Is there a way to somehow flag or otherwise object to the test result? I'm perfectly fine with being told I was wrong, but some of these questions still do not seem like a good fit. Perhaps they shouldn't be used as test questions, as they do lack some of the (what I consider to be) essentials (I.e. code, or what the user tried to solve their issue).

Edit: I think this is the link to the review mentioned: https://stackoverflow.com/review/close/3520037

  • @JohannesKuhn - I added one. Is there an easy way to spot failed reviews in the activity list? Or would I have to manually open them all to find them?
    – SchmitzIT
    Dec 6, 2013 at 7:59
  • Thanks for the link. Afaik we allow questions about developer tools on SO. Dec 6, 2013 at 7:59
  • Manually follow all the links. I treied some SQL on Stack Exchange Data Explorer, but there are some other problems. Dec 6, 2013 at 8:01
  • @JohannesKuhn Could that perhaps be changed to mark them more clearly? It'd literally require me to try and open several dozens of questions.
    – SchmitzIT
    Dec 6, 2013 at 8:03

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The question you linked to (How to set projects to the recent view in Visual Studio? IS on topic for stackoverflow.

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  • a software algorithm
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… then you’re in the right place to ask your question!


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