Earlier today, I was presented with this audit in the First Questions review queue on Stack Overflow. (Actually, I have been given that audit twice today, within a 20 minute time-frame, and four times over the past few days.)

Although I spotted this audit for what it was (the "Haskell" tag is generally a good indicator), what interests me here is that, at the time of the audits (today), there was a "Pending edit" on the post (and still is, at the time of posting this).

If I recall correctly, attempting to "Edit" such a "known good" audit will fail the test; but what would happen, in such a case, if I were to open the pending suggested edit and "Approve" that (assuming I were the second such reviewer to do so)? I would then, effectively, be applying an edit to the post while it was an audit. Would that also fail the test? Or would it simply not be considered part of the audit, and be as if I had opened the post in a separate window and edited it from there?

To avoid such confusion, should posts with pending suggested edits even be 'allowed' as audits?

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    I'm pretty sure you're forced to go to the suggested edits queue, which doesn't count towards your original review. But that's based on what happens with real reviews, so no guarantees that it applies to audits. I think you should have tried it when you had the opportunity.
    – Laurel
    Jan 26, 2022 at 11:19
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    @Laurel Well, the second time (today), I did click the "Pending edit" button (from the audit) ... and it did take me to the same place as with a real review (i.e. a mini edit-review dialog box). However, I didn't complete that spin-off review. Jan 26, 2022 at 11:20
  • Not sure if it's still the case, but 1º if you press edit you're effectively taken out of the queue. 2º Then, being served the same item twice after having pressed skip wasn't supposed to happen but after the review queues redesign it does happen occasionally (at least it did a month ago). 3º How this all factors in when you come across an audit is a good Q, I suppose the best way to finding out is getting a userscript that says it's an audit and skipping enough of them until by chance one with a pending suggested edit comes along (there may be none).
    – bad_coder
    Jan 26, 2022 at 11:29
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    @bad_coder On (1) - Yes, but if I then approve, leave that 'spawned' edit review queue, go back to the audit and "refresh", I may have then applied the edit while I'm (still) facing the audit. Therein lies my confusion. Jan 26, 2022 at 11:32
  • @AdrianMole that alone is a good question, do edits retain original pending suggested edits? Do subsequent suggested edits show on audits? And does the approval count as a review action? I'm guessing that's more business complexity than was implemented, so the most likely answer is that the actions are independent; but it would have to be tested.
    – bad_coder
    Jan 26, 2022 at 11:35
  • Regarding repeated review audit, check this: meta.stackexchange.com/q/375430 Jan 26, 2022 at 12:19


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