I might be just me, but it's not the first time this happens. I failed an audit yesterday (can't remember in which category) and I got the Stop, look and listen message.

I have no excuse whatsoever for failing the review, but I was able afterwards to continue reviewing because I have passed the previous 20-30 tests and made at least 100 previous reviews correct. I even got another "test" afterwards in First posts and passed it. Nevertheless, I saw this morning that I got blocked from reviewing for almost a month (minus 2 days).

I feel that this is strange, in the sense that I don't know exactly for which review I got blocked, but I'm guessing it because it is the only one failed recently. But if so, has anyone else encountered this "delay"?

Edit: I just looked over my activity and saw that I made 10 more reviews after failing. Furthermore, at least 6 hours passed until I got blocked from reviewing

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    A moderator could have manually blocked you; the block message doesn't change in that case. – Martijn Pieters Mar 28 '14 at 8:21
  • @Kedarnath if that is duplicate than this a regression of that one because it has status-completed. It can't be closed as a duplicate in that case... – rene Mar 28 '14 at 8:29
  • Even I am in same situation meta.stackexchange.com/q/224488/252811 – Lucifer Mar 28 '14 at 8:31
  • for more information read this answer meta.stackexchange.com/a/214156/252811 – Lucifer Mar 28 '14 at 8:32
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    @MartijnPieters I have a similar problem, but i don't want to open a new question, as there are allready some for this. I can't do reviews now until APR 26, which is almost a month. And as much as i remember i failed 2 or 3 audit reviews in the past, and those are weeks ago. Can you please have a look at it and tell me why i have been "banned" and not only for a few days like normal? Thanks – Springrbua Mar 28 '14 at 8:58
  • @Kedarnath - In this question the OP was able to review after failing an audit not blocked. That means after failing an audit the OP reviewed some items and then he was blocked. – Himanshu Jansari Mar 28 '14 at 8:58
  • @Springrbua My audit also ends on April 26. – Raul Rene Mar 28 '14 at 8:59
  • @Springrbua: I cannot; I am not a moderator and cannot see your review ban status. – Martijn Pieters Mar 28 '14 at 8:59
  • @Kedarnath Your link was quite useful. I have been searching for a possible duplicate of this but wasn't able to find that – Raul Rene Mar 28 '14 at 8:59
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    @Kedarnath - You still didn't get it (or may be I am misunderstanding this question). The OP was not blocked after failing an audit, but he was blocked after review some stuffs. – Himanshu Jansari Mar 28 '14 at 9:06
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    @hims056, That's what I am saying. Nobody directly gets fail like that, unless he/she has failed previous audit. – Lucifer Mar 28 '14 at 9:07
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    @RaulRene the number of passes or successful reviews may or may not factor into the ban as I don't recall seeing that info published, but the bans are incremental within a 30-day window – psubsee2003 Mar 28 '14 at 9:13
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    @Springrbua Moderators can issue review bans manually, and in that case they don't always follow the same escalation rules as automatic bans. Passing audits doesn't guarantee that you won't get banned, especially with suggested edits where audits can be detected easily. SO moderators sometimes issue review bans to users who approved suggested edits that introduce spam, for example. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Mar 28 '14 at 10:49
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    You can get manually banned from reviewing for repeatedly doing bad reviews. Regardless of whether it's an audit or not. Someone posts an answer saying "I also have this problem, what is solution?" and you say 'No Action Needed', even if that's not an audit it is still A Bad Review. Moderators will block you from doing more if you robo-review things like that. – JonW Mar 28 '14 at 10:59
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    @JonW: I agree, and I knew this. However, I would like to know (if it'possible) the exact reason for which I got the temporary blocking for reviews. It's a little bit annoying to not know, because there's a chance it's something subjective, or at least if you know what you got wrong you can improve in the future. – Raul Rene Mar 28 '14 at 12:34

Alright, I reopened this because it isn't really a duplicate of the questions people thought it was.

I was the one who manually banned you from review. I did so because you approved obvious spam: https://stackoverflow.com/review/late-answers/4356893 which allowed that spam to linger on this site for weeks. I normally ban reviewers that do this for 30 days, because you're causing active harm to the site when you do this.

The post content is as follows (for those who can't see deleted answers, as image so their spam link doesn't click through):

Image of spam

Additionally, you've been banned from review 10 times before this, so 30 days is a minimum ban that I would give someone repeatedly showing a degree of carelessness in reviews.

I also banned a bunch of other people who approved 10 instances of spam on this one off topic question alone: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4825462/migration-from-thunderbird-to-outlook . Let me tell you, I was a little pissed to see that. All of them were banned for 30 days.

When you are able to review again, please be extremely careful when reviewing anything in the Late Answers or First Posts queue. There have been many instances of spam slipping through review there lately, and anyone I find doing this is getting banned from review, passed audits or no.

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    This was the answer I was expecting for. I am curious to see how the spammed post looked, because it doesn't appear anymore. I guess what I wanted to say with this post is that showing the reason for a "review ban" would be something helpful. – Raul Rene Mar 28 '14 at 15:45
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    @RaulRene - I added the post content. We do need a better way of annotating this in the review ban message, as it makes manual bans look like you failed audits. It doesn't help for educational purposes, since you would have never seen this review in your history once the answer was deleted as spam. This came up here, as well: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/226641/… – Brad Larson Mar 28 '14 at 15:51
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    I dumped a bounty on this feature request for just this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/196176/… in order to give it a little more visibility. – Brad Larson Mar 28 '14 at 17:05

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