Every now and then, I encounter a First Post or Late Answer where I have no knowledge whatsoever concerning the topic at hand. Unless its obvious that the post is blatantly worthless (e.g. "Have you found the answer yet?" or "ssssszzzggggiclllll kjhk") I tend to skip these, but sometimes the situation is more complicated.

For instance, some questions can be answered (perhaps not particularly thoroughly, but answered nonetheless) in one sentence, while others may require absolutely gargantuan explanations in order to be complete. When I see a one-line question, my instinct is to request further explanation, but when I know nothing of the topic I don't even know if that's appropriate.

It's even worse for reviews of questions, when what seems like a perfectly good question to me could in fact be answered just by reading the wikipedia summary on the topic at hand, and what looks like a very poor question ends up receiving hundreds of upvotes because I didn't understand some subtlety of what was being asked due to my inexperience in the question's topic.

So in general which would be the better choice:

  • Use my best judgement when I can, and skip only when I am 100% lost as to what to do.

  • Immediately skip any post that falls outside the areas I am knowledgeable about

    Thanks for everyone's input.

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    I doubt there's a single right answer here. Depends on the situation. So, use your best judgement, which it sounds like you are already doing. :)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Dec 7, 2013 at 2:33
  • Review when you feel reasonably certain about the decision. No need to constrain yourself with nonexistant rules. Dec 26, 2013 at 0:56

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If you are unfamiliar with the topic, you should still be able to identify the following:

All review queues:

  • All forms of spam.

  • Very low quality posts.

First Posts:

  • Code that requires formatting. Often times the code just needs to be indented.

  • Blatantly obvious off-topic questions.

Late Answers:

  • Questions posted as answers.

  • Replies to existing answers. (Often unable to comment, these are attempts to thank an answer)

Suggested edits queue:

  • Vandalism edits.

  • Radical edits that introduce dramatic changes.

  • Edits attempting to reply to the post.

Close queue:

  • Questions asking us to recommend or find a tool, library or favorite off-site resource.

  • Primarily opinion-based questions (e.g. best way to; worst; favorite etc.)

  • Obvious duplicates

It's worth noting that you can also filter reviews by tags too!

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