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I reviewed a post in the Super User First Post queue and thought it sounded familiar. I searched for the subject and found a previous post with the same question. I then added a comment recommending they search for previous questions and gave them a link to the duplicate question and answers. Since the audit changed the name of the user, there was no way for me to know otherwise. So why would I fail then?

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    According to What are review tests (audits) and how do they work?, identifying a "good" post as being an exact duplicate of an earlier, highly-voted post is a common reason for failing an audit. However, it also says that if you encounter a bad audit, you should post it on the per-site meta, Meta Super User, not here. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 20 at 4:53
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    @SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog: There's nothing wrong with the selection of that post for an audit, so it should not be reported. The problem is entirely with the audit system that misinterprets appropriate actions as inappropriate ones. That's a bug, and not something a per-site meta can help with at all. – Nathan Tuggy Jan 20 at 5:20
  • @NathanTuggy Actually, it can. If the user ended up getting banned from reviewing as a result of failing this audit, local moderators can lift the ban. Also, the FAQ says that bad audits should be reported on the per-site meta. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 20 at 5:40
  • What review action did you select? And just to clarify since it's not entirely explicit in your question, the question that you thought it was a duplicate of was the very question presented in the audit just with the user's name changed? – Alex Jan 20 at 5:48
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    Also @ReyJuna the next time you find something in review that could be a duplicate, you should use the duplicate flagging UI. If the post is a real review, once you flag, the system will automatically post a comment on your behalf saying "Possible duplicate of", which you can edit. Also, if you search in the duplicate flagging UI and can't find the duplicate there, it means the post itself is being shown as an audit and you should positively review it. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 20 at 6:13
  • I've never been tempted to audit anything. (I think I looked at one once out of curiosity and then abandoned it.) Instead, I've simply waited for my reputation to be sufficient for actual close votes. (Or, prior to that, I've raised the odd flag.) But it's because of the kind of problem raised here that I think the audit process is flawed. That and the fact that it presupposes some kind of objective judgment when things don't work like that in reality. Votes to close are based on a subjective consensus. And nobody should be told how or why to upvote or downvote. – Jason Bassford Jan 20 at 7:09
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    @JasonBassford You might be interested in this feature request. Also, I think that for known-good FP question audits, the question itself should show in the duplicate closure option, and if someone tries to flag or vote to close it as a duplicate of that, it should pass the audit. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 20 at 9:21
  • Also, comments are disabled in the LQ queue; it may be worth disabling them in the other queues as well? – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 20 at 9:23
  • The scenario described in this question, seems to me similar to bungee jumping without knowing if the rope is NOT too long. Because participating in the review process, puts you at risk to fail audit reviews (e.g due to bugs mentioned in prior comments). So for as long such bugs are not fixed, I recommend to Established users to use the safety belt described in this feature request I posted before ... – Pierre.Vriens Jan 20 at 10:13
  • @Alex if you leave a comment on a "good" audit post from review, you'll fail the audit. – TheWanderer Jan 20 at 12:00
  • @Pierre.Vriens Or, as an alternative, this user script. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 20 at 12:38
  • @SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog: The point is, this isn't a bad audit post. It's yet another example of exactly the same bug in the system. Exactly the same thing could happen with any known-good audit. It's nonsensical to say "well report them all!" Now, a bad ban, sure, the mods need to know about that, but that doesn't need to go on meta either. Custom flag a post somewhere. – Nathan Tuggy Jan 20 at 22:57
  • @NathanTuggy Yeah, I feel that the resolution of this post as a duplicate of the post which reports that bug is correct. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 20 at 23:13
  • @SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog, I'm not aware of the "duplicate flagging UI". Is that something that I should learned about in one of the tours? – Rey Juna Jan 21 at 3:31
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    If you believe a question is a duplicate of another, you can flag it by clicking "flag" then "duplicate". This will present a search box where you can search for a potential duplicate. Once you cast your flag, it will be reviewed by users who have the ability to close posts, and will automatically post a comment with a link to the post you selected. – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Jan 21 at 3:49

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