I came across this question in the later answers review queue. Since it was a link only answer, I chose to flag as very low quality.

Then I got this message:

STOP! Look and Listen.

This was an audit, designed to see if you were paying attention. You didn't pass. This answer was of very poor quality, and needed significant improvements to be useful – passing over such posts hurts the ability of others to find and answer good questions. Please try to fix such posts by editing, downvoting, closing, or flagging as "very low quality".

Don't worry, we've already handled this post appropriately – but please take a minute to look it over closely, keeping in mind the guidance above.

This suggests flagging as very low quality is one of the acceptable responses, which is what I did. So why did I fail the audit?

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    According to my view, you have voted "No action needed", which would trigger a review fail. – Sven Jul 9 '16 at 12:00
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    @Sven I certainly did flag as very low quality. – kasperd Jul 9 '16 at 12:27
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    @Sven I guess the question then is, why did it not register that I flagged the post? I know for a fact that I did chose to flag as very low quality. – kasperd Jul 9 '16 at 13:04
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    I hate audit reviews. I particularly hate the "Please take a minute to think about the bad thing you've done" text. :P – Katherine Villyard Jul 9 '16 at 14:03
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    I am not sure but what might be the issues is that you flagged it instead of voting (up/down/close), commenting or editing. From what I understood from various meta.se questions I just googled, flagging instead of those other actions will register this as "no action needed" and fail the audit. Just one more reason why I stopped reviewing - the system is broken beyond repair, and that awful patronizing text is just the tip of the iceberg @KatherineVillyard. (Oh, and I can migrate this to meta.se for bugreporting if you like). – Sven Jul 9 '16 at 14:39
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    As of recently, flagging does not work in FP/NA audits and you need to do something else. Never click No Action Needed if action is needed, by you or by anyone. – Nathan Tuggy Jul 9 '16 at 15:58
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    Audits are a waste of a good reviewers time – user147520 Jul 9 '16 at 17:41
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    @Iain if audits catch even 1 out of 10 robo reviewers and stopping them, it's worth that wasted time, in my opinion. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 9 '16 at 17:46
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    @ShadowWizard I deliberately said good reviewers for a reason. Kasperd is demonstrably a good reviewer on SF (where the incident happened). – user147520 Jul 9 '16 at 18:01
  • @Iain never implied OP here isn't a good reviewer, but that the audits are needed for the bad reviewers, and in my opinion the price (waste of time, failing some by mistake) is worth it. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 9 '16 at 19:09
  • Happened to me too; very discouraging :( – Will Jul 9 '16 at 19:31
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    @Iain what on earth are you blabbering about? If you got nothing to say don't say. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 10 '16 at 4:33
  • @ShadowWizard exactly my point ! – user147520 Jul 10 '16 at 4:36
  • @kasperd This could very well be an issue, I've faced it twice. See Nathan's thread – Pirate X Jul 11 '16 at 22:19
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    but that the audits are needed for the bad reviewers, and in my opinion the price (waste of time, failing some by mistake) is worth it -- that's your opinon, and welcome to it you are of course. However: I've chosen to debug the huge fail in the review process by not bothering with it any more. As the good reviewers (if I may be permitted to flatter myself as well as @kasperd) burn out on this kind of rubbish only the bad reviewers will be left. – Rob Moir Jul 12 '16 at 20:22

This happened to me too. Well, twice actually.

While my first linked answer applies in its entirety here, as a summary there are just a few things that are very important:

  • This is a bug (hacking the HTML doesn't help)
  • Do NOT use custom mod flags (although this will enable "I'm done"). It's a related bug, but the mod flags will go through for real.
  • Instead, try to leave a comment. Or maybe down vote. This is the best way to pass audits like this.

I know it's not ideal, but they are going to fix this soon, since it's a big issue for reviews and moderators.

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    Yeah... something's wrong here. We're looking into it. – Adam Lear Jul 12 '16 at 2:26
  • Except that you can't tell whether it's an audit or not, usually, which is kinda the point. – Mithical Jul 14 '16 at 1:24

This was my fault and should be fixed now. I posted some more details here.

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