I was under the impression that questions with real close votes aren't used for "known good" review audits.

I just failed a close vote review audit for looking for a duplicate, when in fact the audit question had
a real duplicate vote on it. To further add to the issue I was using the filter feature to look for duplicates at the time, as in: filter duplicate; [css].

I know it has been discussed many times before, but the audit behavior for duplicates just doesn't work to begin with. Adding the possibility of audits being selected from questions with real close votes makes the whole thing really irritating and obviously flawed.

Can this be fixed?

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    It didn't have any close votes on it. It had a recommend closure flag on it. The system apparently doesn't pay attention to flags.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:30
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    @animuson My guess, without actual knowledge, is that it only pays attention to "helpful" flags. Those flags are likely still pending, or declined/disputed.
    – Servy
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:32
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    I closed the question, since it's clearly a duplicate.
    – user102937
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:33
  • @Oded I think the [bug] vs. [support] tagging may be up for debate here... Is what I'm seeing really the intended behavior?
    – apaul
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:36
  • @apaul34208 If the question actually did have close votes on it, then yes, it'd be a bug. But it didn't.
    – Servy
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:38
  • @Servy Does that really mean it is working properly?
    – apaul
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:40
  • @apaul34208 It means that if you think it's not working as well as you would like, changing it would be a feature-request. Understanding what it does, or why it does it, would be a support question. Oded interpreted your question as the latter. If, based on the answer you get, you think it should change, then a feature request could be in order.
    – Servy
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:41
  • @Servy I get your point. Just feels like: "Its not a bug its a feature..."
    – apaul
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:43
  • @apaul34208 - the feature is working as intended, so it isn't a software bug. If you feel that the feature should be changed, by all means, make this a feature request.
    – Oded
    Feb 19, 2014 at 19:55
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    related: Post I voted down and close is shown to me as known good audit? My overall feeling is, idea of overly automated audit selection is a bit... weird, softly speaking. Quite a pity that SE team doesn't care
    – gnat
    Feb 19, 2014 at 21:41

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It does not have an actual close vote on it! You think so because it has a comment, but that comment is posted by someone that doesn't have 3k rep, and so it is not a close vote.

It is a duplicate, anyway. But probably the question was good enough to be picked by the audit system.

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    It did get a close flag though (two, in fact).
    – Servy
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:31
  • @Servy: Probably the audit system doesn't look at the flag count of the question.
    – ProgramFOX
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:32
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    @ProgramFOX perhaps it should Feb 19, 2014 at 18:33
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    @JanDvorak It should probably only look at helpful flags though. I assume, without actually knowing, that that's what it does now. If not, that's what I'd like to see, and these flags here weren't helpful at the time of the audit.
    – Servy
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:34
  • @Servy what about helpful or pending flags? Declined flags are fair game, I guess Feb 19, 2014 at 18:36
  • @JanDvorak I'm on the fence there. I could see it either way.
    – Servy
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:37
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    @Servy it's really bad when a question with a valid dupe comment is "known" not to be a duplicate Feb 19, 2014 at 18:38

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