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. Mar 28, 2014 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, 2014 at 8:29
  • Even I am in same situation meta.stackexchange.com/q/224488/252811
    – Lucifer
    Mar 28, 2014 at 8:31
  • for more information read this answer meta.stackexchange.com/a/214156/252811
    – Lucifer
    Mar 28, 2014 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
    – Robert P
    Mar 28, 2014 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. Mar 28, 2014 at 8:58
  • @Springrbua My audit also ends on April 26.
    – Raul Rene
    Mar 28, 2014 at 8:59
  • @Springrbua: I cannot; I am not a moderator and cannot see your review ban status. Mar 28, 2014 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, 2014 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. Mar 28, 2014 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, 2014 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 Mar 28, 2014 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. Mar 28, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 12:34

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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, 2014 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/… Mar 28, 2014 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. Mar 28, 2014 at 17:05

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