Recently I was introduced to the review feature for the first time. I was happy for the option to help improve SO so even though it was late I put some effort and reviewed a few questions.
One question popped up that I had no Idea what to do with it was obviously bad (one line "Please explain" and another line of Android code) having no experience with android and nothing constructive to add for the topic I clicked the "No action needed" button.
To my surprise I was met with a harsh text mentioning I just failed a test, I did not pay enough attention and that I'm actively harming the community.
I went back and checked the instructions I was given where it says -
No Action Needed when this post needs no action from you.
I still fail to realize how deciding not to take action means I am actually endorsing this question. Other users found this issue confusing as well.
I think the fact that we could not explain the review process in a meaningful manner is harming the community the text and explanation around this button should be changed to reflect it's true meaning.
If you test users asking them to spend time on reviewing topics just to see if they are doing it right, make the explanation nicer. Blaming the user as acting in a dishonest way or not paying enough attention is counterproductive (especially when many users find this to be confusing).
a much better solution will be to ask the user to do a short training where she reviews some known posts. after each review, offer an explanation for how she can improve it or what she did wrong until she gets better in that. It has a few major advantages by not misleading the user, not attacking her and getting her to take an active role in her own self-improvement.
Not exactly related to the main issue but my experience from the review process, in general, is that it seems to encourage giving bad reviews. The easiest thing to do is vote an issue down with no explanation. In my short time reviewing almost every topic, I reviewed was already downvoted without no comments or very short and nonconstructive comments.
The fast past and new topics popping one after the other make does not encourage constructive feedback.
I don't think it should be allowed to downvote at all at this stage and only comments or upvotes should be given, downvoting should only be done after a few comments were added and the user did not follow through.