I have recently received the privilege of reviewing First Posts and Late Answers on Stack Overflow. I have read What are the guidelines for reviewing?, which was mildly helpful in helping me become a better reviewer. What I feel would most help me learn become a better reviewer would be to see how a more experienced reviewer would handle the same post that I am reviewing.

Given that context, if I skip a review, is there a way to see how the next reviewer handled it? I've been copying the link to the post and seeing if I can see how it was handled, but this does not seem to be a robust method.

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    +1 Even as a moderately experienced user, I'd like to be able to learn this way too. Feb 25, 2014 at 1:37
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    With a title like this, I originally expected this to be a demonstration of something that was missed and the ill consequences thereof. "See what happens when you skip a review!?", that sort of thing, haha. The idea here doesn't sound bad, though.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:07
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    @GraceNote Yes, I was trying to maximize page views. :) Perhaps even better would have been "Have you tried this 1 weird trick to improve your reviewing?"
    – mbroshi
    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:11

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Becuase you skipped the review you don't have a handy direct link to it from the activity/reviews tab in your user profile, so you'll have to fish for it.

When on the reviews page for whichever queue you're dealing with, simply select the history tab:

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Clicking on the review action on the right hand side will take you to the review with the details of each reviewer:

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You should maybe feature request that skipped reviews are included in a user's activity tab?

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    This doesn't answer how to look at skipped reviews, though admittedly that's not really possible without manually keeping track of each review you've skipped. Feb 25, 2014 at 1:44
  • @Qantas94Heavy That is true. Even getting the subsequent history of an edit you performed an action on takes a few clicks.
    – slugster
    Feb 25, 2014 at 1:48
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    @slugster This might not work for <10k users. We cant see review history for other users.
    – Walker
    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:11
  • @slugster Thanks for the suggestions. Regarding your question, I am new to these things: Does is make sense for me to edit this post to add a feature-request tag?
    – mbroshi
    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:29
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    @mbroshi I would craft up a new more specific "question", and tag it as a feature-request. Make sure you include good reasons why it should be done, maybe even propose where or how it's implemented. Members will then vote/comment/answer and if it's good you might see it implemented.
    – slugster
    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:58

The simplest way to get better at reviews is just to find one or two smart, high-character users who do reviews frequently.

For example, take this user:


Just go to the reviews page in his/her profile, and open up the reviews he/she has done, and start learning from there.

  • The only problem I see with this is the possibility of cognitive bias. You see that another (supposedly "better") reviewer approved/rejected, and think "Oh, that's what I would have done," without giving it as much actual thought as you normally would. It's a bit different than looking at it "blind" first, then coming back to see what others said. Not saying it's a bad idea in general, it just might not help for those tricky ones you decided to skip.
    – Geobits
    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:34
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    Heh, I've got lots of character, I'm not sure if it's all good :) But to summarise, I reject or improve a good proportion of the suggested edits I review. Be discerning - the only way for a bad post to get worse is to apply a bad edit.
    – slugster
    Feb 25, 2014 at 2:53

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