The low quality posts queue is intended for weeding out "crap" that enters the system. There are two main things that bring a question to the "Very Low Quality" queue:
- users flagging the post as "very low quality"
- posts that have been detected by heuristics to be low-quality (measured using a score)
For this reason, we're not judging whether it would be appropriate to flag the post as "very low quality" -- this job is meant for 10k users and moderators.
Instead, we're looking at whether they're acceptable posts in general. For example, if you would have flagged a question as spam or offensive, go to the post, flag it, then click "close" or "recommend close".
If it was an answer posted that didn't answer the question at all, click "recommend deletion". For example, any of these are rife for burning in a fire pit:
- it's a reply that's meant to thank one of the other posters ("gunna copy-paste to assignment for teacher now, thanks!")
- it's a post to bring attention to the question ("me too, i have urgent requirement for client to fix code, can any1 answer?")
- it's asking another question ("hi, prblm w/ my java code,
var do = 1, syntaxerror, plz gimme da codez")
- it's spam ("cheap chinese barley herbal medicine v*agra buy now")
- it's offensive ("f**k off, you dont know damm sh*t go get a gun and shoot yourself of a bridge")
- it's not appropriate at all ("see my large t**ties [NSFW image here]").
Note that wrong answers should not be deleted.
However, the issue of link-only answers isn't so easy. Despite there being a "link-only answer" reason for recommending deletion, there's been a bit of diagreement over this: some moderators have said that they don't warrant deletion, while others believe they are actively harmful to the site and should be deleted. Keep in mind that more moderators are on the former side than the latter.
As well, I've seen cases where the automated review audit has selected a link-only answer as a high-quality post audit, due to the sheer number of upvotes on it (I failed one because of that), those these are quite rare.
I know that these can be quite confusing and contradictory at times, so in essence, if you see a link-only answer:
- look at the actual post (click "link") to check it's an audit
- if it seems useless, "recommend deletion"; if not, "edit" the answer
- if you're still not sure, skip the review.
If you still fail an audit and you believe it was an unfair audit, feel free to bring it up on Meta.