As you know, trusted users can vote Delete instead of Recommend Deletion for answers with score ≤ 0 (see here, and ≤ -1 if not from review). Very often, a non-answer gets an upvote (so it has a score of 1), and this limits trusted users to Recommend Deletion.

What I used to do, to speed things up, is to downvote inside the review page, refresh the page so the option changes to Delete, and then review with that option.

This doesn't seem to work recently. Once refreshed, that review is gone. The second time I closed the review tab, downvoted from the main post page, and went back to the low-quality review queue, and was not presented with that answer.

I found it in the review history, missing the vote score/arrows, but I was able to vote Delete.

I'm thinking that is a bug, not a new feature, because:

  1. I could still get to that review from the history
    • Note: I did not find it the first time as I was the first on the scene, that time it also was not in the skipped reviews – assuming a new auto-skip feature
  2. Score/arrows become missing after downvoting and finding the review again
  3. Downvoting and reviewing are not mutually exclusive.

If needed for troubleshooting, this is the second review where this happened: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/57850

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    Would be nice if voting, or potentially a score change detection, caused a recalculation of the review actions available to you instead of requiring a refresh. Alas, this is still problematic.
    – Spevacus
    May 19, 2021 at 1:30
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    FWIW 20K users can not vote delete answers with score zero, only those that are negative score. I just verified this at the site where I have 20K
    – gnat
    May 19, 2021 at 8:06
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    @gnat: from the review queue it's 0, from the answer itself it needs -1 (I added a link).
    – ymb1
    May 19, 2021 at 14:54
  • now that you mention it, you re probably right, I vaguely recall something like that per my own experience in LQ queue. Anyway, when answer is just one vote away from turning from recommendation to vote my approach is to vote it outside of the queue in a different browser tab then returning to review tab and clicking recommend deletion. If memory serves at this moment system picks the updated post score and turns my action into vote
    – gnat
    May 19, 2021 at 15:21
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    @gnat: Thanks for the tip. I'll test it whenever there's a similar item in the LQ queue and will update the post here. But certainly something has changed, and it's now un-user-friendly IMO.
    – ymb1
    May 19, 2021 at 15:26
  • There was a post in the Low Quality queue where I was able to leave the queue and flag it as spam (for self promotion), that caused a downvote, then I was able to back button navigate to the VLQ and also recommend deletion - kind of a double vote / flag.
    – Rob
    May 21, 2021 at 21:12
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    @ymb1 Are you still seeing this behavior on LQ reviews? I am trying to reproduce it and I so far haven't managed it. If I downvote a post in the LQ queue, I can refresh the page with no issues and I still see the voting controls. The post doesn't show up in my review history (which makes sense, I haven't taken a review action) but does show up in my voting history (also as expected). Am I missing a step or did we already fix this somewhere along the way?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 10, 2021 at 22:36
  • @AdamLear: I haven't reviewed LQ at all since late May, and right now no items with score 1 are in the LQ queue where I'm a Trusted user, but I'll keep an eye on the queue, test, and I'll be sure to let you know right away. Thanks for the follow-up.
    – ymb1
    Aug 12, 2021 at 15:59
  • @AdamLear: It's not fixed. LQ has been quiet, but finally there was an item with 0 score. To test I upvoted from the review page, and refreshed, and the review actions were gone, which is the same behavior as if it had been 1, downvoted, and refreshed to change Recommend Deletion to Delete (review actions gone). screenshot
    – ymb1
    Aug 14, 2021 at 12:31
  • @AdamLear: Sorry, I think the upvote invalidates the LQ? I'll have to wait for an already 1 score LQ item to downvote and test.
    – ymb1
    Aug 14, 2021 at 12:34
  • @AdamLear: you probably thought I forgot, I didn't! Finally a score 1 that needed a delete vote came my way: DV'ed, refreshed, and it worked fine (link) ;)
    – ymb1
    Dec 21, 2021 at 5:41
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    @ymb1 Glad to hear it, thanks for confirming :)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Dec 22, 2021 at 2:42

1 Answer 1


Looks like this was fixed at some point already:

A GIF shows a downvote on a 1-scored post in the queue, then the page is reloaded, and the "Recommend deletion" action changes to "Delete"

If you see any other (or this one again :)) issues in the queues, please don't hesitate to report them again.

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