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The current review system encourages fake reviews; some people upvote everything rather than actually fixing problems

I went to a Late Answers review queue that had four items in it and started reviewing the first one by editing it into shape rather heavily. By the time I was done, someone else had reviewed the ...
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The robo-approvers are killing my will to review edits

Already I have lost all hope of looking at late answers etc. It's just a parade of meh. I can't make any kind of intelligent decision because I can't see the other answers to the question, for ...
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What can we do to stop bad edits getting accepted?

A worryingly high number of bad suggested edits get accepted. For example: edits that add bad formatting to random words edits that break the formatting of a block of code edits that add wrong tags ...
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Careless review upvotes are actively contributing to the quality problem, not correcting it

Look at this reply. The question is from 2008, it has an accepted answer, and almost every other answer generally has the same theme and references the same function. That reply, at the time of ...
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A way to "downvote" a suggested edit and affect both the edit suggester and reviewers

I find a lot of suggested edits pretty poor. For me, it feels like that more than a half of the suggested edits doesn't properly address all issues in the post. The trigger of today was this ...
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Could we make the review-banned-by-a-mod notice say something more descriptive?

Since we got minitech as a mod (yay!), lots of people have been getting review banned (and rightfully so). Many of these people come to Meta to complain/ask about it. When they do, they seem to be ...
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"Late Answers" and "First Posts" encouraging unnecessary actions

I've come across many posts that can only be described as okay (see examples below). They're not good enough to deserve an Upvote and not bad enough to deserve a Downvote, there's no point in editing ...
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Improving the Quality of Reviews: Project Honeypot

There has been a lot of discussion/complaints about the quality of reviews. Many have noted that a large (maybe even a majority) of reviews are rubber stamps in pursuit of a Steward badge (especially ...
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Give moderators the ability to mark reviews as "bad"

From what I've seen, many SO moderators trawl completed reviews and watch out for robo reviewers; and manual banning them when they see enough (>= 3?) bad reviews. This is inefficient because: It ...
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Mechanism to provide feedback to reviewers who rubber stamp?

During a recent Review Suggested Edits session, I came across a reviewer who is clearly rubber stamping edits (Approved 550 edit suggestions and rejected 7), and who had missed an obvious case of ...
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Is there an actual "accept ALL the suggested edits" problem?

One common complaint on MSO about suggested edits is that some users blindly accept all suggested edits, no matter how minor or incorrect they may be. It seems to come up especially frequently in the ...
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Taking action to improve First Posts and Late Answers reviewing - Upvote is too easy

I found good questions about this subject (like that one) but they weren't quite narrowing to what I wanted to ask. So I wrote my own. The problem I have been reviewing for a few months now (~725 ...
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Gaming the edit system with tiny edits?

I was on the Suggested Edit's review tab today, and noticed that this user (take a look at today's reputation), was putting in hundreds of edits adding the C# tag to questions that didn't really need ...
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Steward Badge gaming visible in the Review Close Queue

There's some attempted gaming of the Steward badge visible in the Review / Close Votes history on SO. If you look at the top reviewers for the day you can see the gaming clearly: there's a small ...
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Dealing with misguided reviewers of suggested edits - take 2

It was already discussed before with some suggestions (even from me) but here is a final and simple suggestion that in my opinion will hunt down the badge hunters. Now that the number of reviewers ...
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Can we do something against serial "Do Not Close" users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can (or should) anything be done about someone who votes “Do not Close” a lot in /Review? I came across some users that are heavily trained to hit the Do Not Close button. ...
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Edit reviewers don't know how to review because nobody told them!

I recently created a Stack Overflow chat room to whip low-quality edit reviewers into shape. It… worked. Most of them said they would be more careful about minor/invalid/vandalism edits and that they ...
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Serial pointless editing

I am just wondering if there is anything that can stop a user from making a more than significant amount of pointless edits? I quite realize that with such a silly method one can easily cap the ...
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C'mon now - someone is having a joke! Who up voted this? [closed]

While going through the review queue I spotted something extraordinary. Can someone trace where this answer has been so that we can find how it got three up votes by the time I saw it? Has it ...
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"Revolving door" reviews are getting out of control [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The current review system encourages fake reviews; some people upvote everything rather than actually fixing problems I just saw this question pop up in the "review edits" ...
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It is easy to bypass the "Are you paying attention?" tests

The Are-You-Paying-Attenion?TM review system is easily gameable and thus ineffective against people mindlessly reviewing posts for badges. It is sufficient to make a downvote your first review action ...
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Should I bring the behaviour of an obvious robot-reviewer to the attention of the moderators, and how?

As the title of this question asks, should I? There's a particular user I've come across via this suggestion that has approved 239 edit suggestions and rejected none. The pattern of their activity log ...
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Invalidate reviews by known robo-reviewers

Today, I saw a known robo-reviewer get out of a well-deserved review suspension, only to continue rubber-stamping every review in sight again. Some robo-reviewers get review-banned 10 times or more, ...
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Is anyone monitoring people rejecting good edits or approving bad ones?

Right now I can say "good" or "bad" to a proposed edit at my discretion, but is anyone able to see this decision and moderate it? I recently saw a good edit that I was going to approve, but when I ...
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Shouldn't reviews be done a bit more carefully?

This suggested edit made one change to the question -- changing the title to ALL CAPS. I rejected it with a custom note and was pleased to see that the review was rejected by other reviewers as well. ...
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Rolling back carelessly approved edits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The current review system encourages fake reviews; some people upvote everything rather than actually fixing problems “Revolving door” reviews are getting out of control Closely ...
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Vary the number of audits depending on the review history of a user

This is basically a feature-request-ification of this post of mine From what I see, Stack Overflow mods are having to spend time manually rooting out robo reviewers. To me, it seems like the system ...
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Bandwagon effect in close votes

I have suspected this for a while, because in the review queue I often see questions people have voted to close as "not constructive" that several people have marked as "not a real question", and ...
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Are the review audits making a difference?

So now we have review audits on all the queues. Is anyone measuring anything (even the rate of whiny questions on meta about robo approvers) to see if it's making a difference? Some possible numbers: ...
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How much of the bad review problem is attributable to badge grinders?

A lot has been said on Meta over the past couple of months about problems with the review queues; just have a look through the review-abuse tag. According to one common theory, many of the worst ...
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What is wrong with rejecting this edit?

I just had the following edit review task: The editor added some stuff that actually should have been posted as comment or as answer. The ...
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Should review bans span all SE sites?

If somebody is a robo-reviewer on Stack Overflow, there's a good chance they'll be a robo-reviewer on Super User. Should the 2-day and 7-day review bans span across all SE sites? Or, should they at ...
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I just noticed 40 "leave open" votes in less than 10min, just after midnight

By some user in StackOverflow. Should I report this? How?
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Herd mentality closure of questions

I had a question from more than a year ago (Aug 2011) here, which was upvoted 5 times and favourite twice. There exists a high quality (+12) and accepted answer on this question. In the last couple of ...
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Filtering to Duplicates makes Close-Votes Queue a Haven for Robo-Reviewers

I recently started filtering to duplicates in the close votes queue and I've noticed that every review will always have a Duplicate tab allowing you to tab between the question and proposed duplicate. ...
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Suggested Edit audits don't out themselves as audits [duplicate]

Whenever you pass a review audit of the five posts queues, you get one of that heart-warming messages, telling you how awesome you are for actually paying attention and not just clicking No Action ...
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Answer edited and approved to contain a totally different answer

I answered a question 2 hours ago. When I took a look at it now, some guy edited my answer, which totally changed the answer and made it wrong. To my surprise, the edit was approved in review. To add ...
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Why isn't there a wait for suggested edits approval clicks?

Seem that if I try and upvote more than one comment too fast I get the warning about having to wait five seconds, or if I leave a comment I have to wait fifteen seconds between them. Why doesn't the ...
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Replace review audits with checks against the quorum

Audits are a terrible metric. They have little significance within the scope of reviews, and say very little about the reviewer. Using an algorithm to select audits doesn't work particularly well, and ...
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Accepting proposed edits requiring special knowledge [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The robo-approvers are killing my will to review edits When I review I try to be VERY careful. It makes me slow. While still busy researching for edit #2 here suggested by an ...
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Means of marking individual review outcomes as incorrect even after another edit has been made

A known problem is that sometimes bad suggested edits get approved. Moderators have a tool in the form of suggested edit bans to deal with this, but those bans aren’t always immediately appropriate. ...
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How can one see how much time was spent on a review?

Is there a way to tell how long a reviewer spent looking at a particular review item? I have seen people comment about "Reviewer Speedy Squirrel only spent 3 seconds looking at this review item ...
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Add "Skips" to Advanced Review Statistics

So on Code Review we currently have a rather wide margin of time that's used on close-vote reviews. The "slowest" user is averaging out at 180 seconds per review, the "fastest" is clocking in at 10. ...
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Does Improve allow an edit-reviewer to be a majority of 1? And must we start to use this more?

Are the following statements correct (for SO only, I understand the numbers differ elsewhere): 3 rejections are required to reject an edit and remove it from the queue 3 approvals are required to ...
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What to do about terrible suggested edits that are approved? [duplicate]

I just can't fathom how terrible edits like this get through - all three reviewers approved. All he did was bold (instead of block-quote) the error message, and change one barely comprehensible ...
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Viewing one's /review/ performance

Is it possible to somehow (easily, but doesn't have to be) view or visualize my /review/ performance? I found an interesting question, Lock questions in the review queue while being reviewed, which ...
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Trigger happy Edit Suggestion approvals - what can we do? [duplicate]

I have just seen an approval for a Suggested Edit that takes the cake, and makes me wonder exactly how much attention some people are paying to what they do. In this edit suggestion the editor ...
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What to do about multiple editors who approve edits that butcher the original post?

I certainly don't mean to rant, so if it sounds that way then I apologize. I'd just like to know what to do, if anything, about the (multiple) editors who approve an edit such as the one found here ...
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Increase number of suggested edits reviewers if there is no consensus between them

There have been a number of highly voted discussions regarding incorrect suggested edits approved: first, second, third, fourth. I think that often when bad suggested edit is approved, it actually ...
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What is the aftermath of not passing the review tests? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why was I told, “Congratulations, this was only a test” when reviewing? I've noticed that while browsing the reviews tasks, sometimes a fake answer/question appears to test ...
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