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TL;DR: As of today (September 29, 2015) the maximum reputation for having an author's late answer enqueued has been raised from 10 to 50. As for further increase to 100: Queue growth Review queues lose effectiveness if posts aren't regularly (and accurately) cleared. A queue such as close votes on Stack Overflow that never seems to get to 0 fails to ...


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I think this is a good idea. I spend a lot of time on the New Answers to Questions More Than 30 Days Old list on Stack Overflow (10k link), and I would agree that many of the questions I flag as not an answer are from new users who want to comment, find they don't have the privilege, and leave an answer instead. The main concern I would have about the ...


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This is, while unusual, an expected result of the system. The way the late answers queue works is by checking two things. Was the answer posted at least 30 days after the question was asked? Was the answer posted by a user who has 10 50 or less reputation (disregarding suspension) If both of these are true, it is entered into the review queue until it ...


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There's a very important reason to require more than one "No Action Needed" review to clear items from the First Posts or Late Answers review queue: spam. Right now, all it takes is a single bad "No Action Needed" review to approve spam in First Posts or Late Answers. It then is allowed to live on the site until someone happens to come across it and takes ...


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It could be useful to the original asker, who will be notified that another answer has been posted. It will also be useful for those who find the post later, like you did, either through Stack Exchange or through Google. It also can be important if the technologies or standards change, so that newer updated answers can be shown. There are badges just for ...


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Congratulations! This was only a test, designed to make sure you were paying attention. You passed. Review audits are made for finding robo-reviewers who are not paying any attention to the review posts by just clicking on the No action needed button to increase their review count/ for gaining badges. By clicking on the Add/Show comments button, ...


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We shouldn't prevent it. If a user is repeating answers that are already there, you can simply vote as you see fit. But just because a question is old and answered, that doesn't mean that a user can't come up with a great new answer to the question. Granted, that particular question will most likely not see that happen, but it should never be prevented.


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You should answer the question if you can add something useful. Maybe you even want to elaborate on a short but correct answer. Then you could refer to that answer and elaborate, maybe show some proof, other solutions, etc. It is fine to add new answers to accepted questions. That's why there is still a Post Your Answer button. You do want to be careful ...


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If there's already a comment, upvote it! That will allow you to complete the review. Here's the list of actions that you can take - if you can't see the info, hit the (more) button - note, this is on questions but the answer one is the same except that "close" isn't an option.: I'm Done is only available if you've done one of the following: Vote ...


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A little less than a year after this question was asked, a "No Action Needed" button became available, to allow dismissing the review task while explicitly taking no action on it. In this case, clicking that button is the right thing to do. (For context to future readers: the "Not Sure" button in the question's screenshot did the same thing as today's "...


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Questions can be "protected" to address such concerns. The linked question was actually just marked as protected 10 minutes before you posted this. The text for that notice reads: This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site.


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It looks like the post was deleted as a result of 6 "Recommend Deletion" reviews, which dismisses all flags on it and for some reason does not show up in the revision history. However, if a post gets deleted in such a manner, there is nothing stopping you from simply undeleting it again, which is what that guy did. Since it was no longer in the review queue ...


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If you feel it should be downvoted then why didn't you downvote it. That's an action in the queue. You decided to take no action. It's not answering the question. It's merely the person that asked the question responding to another answer to say the equivalent of "thanks, it worked". This shouldn't be posted as an answer. Flagging it as NAA is ...


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There is already a feature that fits your request, a new user is shown the following when selecting the answer text field: I'm not sure what the reputation threshold is for this notice, though.


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I've looked at some late answers/first posts and their timelines, and it seems the answer is 'no'. As you can see in this image, the review for first post was done before the one for late answer, both were done by different people. The opposite is also true, by the way: Reviewing a late answer also doesn't kick it from the first posts queue.


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This has been a regular source of confusion (and occasionally, excessive amounts of work) for years. After a thorough analysis, I'm unable to find a compelling justification for this behavior; "late" late answers are infrequently reviewed, and even more rarely actioned; the exceptions are primarily on sites where the queue piles up for weeks and then gets ...


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I'm not sure this should be stopped. For example, what if the new answer mentions that previous answers have been rendered obsolete by deprecation or the like, and provides an answer that is now the most correct? This isn't the sort of thing we should prevent. That being said, users with >=500 rep can review answers from new users to old questions, and ...


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I disagree; I like this behavior. Fundamentally, I think that new answers bumping up a question is actually a good thing because it gets more eyes on those new answers. That serves several purposes: as needed, the answers can be voted on, improved by edits, flagged, or removed. If they didn't bump up the question, the new answers would most likely just get ...


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I think that it's important to remember that acceptance is by no means permanent. If you are able to post a fantastic answer, outshining all the other answers, the question's author has the ability to un-accept the accepted answer and accept yours. Even if that doesn't happen, you are still able to receive up votes. There are a number of questions where ...


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For unambiguously bad reviews that happened recently, as a moderator I see value in having these brought to my attention. For "unambiguously bad", I mean No Action Needed reviews on the following answer types: Clear spam Follow-on questions left as answers "Me too" comments that have no additional information Complete gibberish We'd want these to be recent ...


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According to this answer by Shog9: Answers posted at least 30 days after the question was asked (when posted by a new user) are considered "late" for the purpose of that queue. Since he links to the new user privileges page, it looks like a new user is defined as anyone with less then 10 reputation for the purposes of the review queues. I could be wrong,...


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Late Answer is not a subset of First Post. A user with one or more posts and a rep of 1-10 (either because they just joined and are asking many questions in a row, or because their questions have been downvoted) who asks a question or answers a recent question will not be reviewed. But if they answer a really old question they will be. More importantly, I ...


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In the Arqade help: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: commentary on the question or other answers asking another, different question “thanks!” or “me too!” responses exact duplicates of other answers barely more than a link to an external site not even a partial answer ...


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I think that the answer to review is not shown under the question when having an audit is a bug. No, it's not a bug. It's a deleted post, and since you don't have 10k rep, you can't see deleted posts. Usually when I see a poor answer or question which was already downvoted 5 times and has 3 similar comments about poor quality I press "No action needed" ...


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If you are going to give a positive review (No Action Needed or vote up) then yes, you need to check other answers to make sure that it is not plagiarized. In this case it is also worth to check other answers from the poster to make sure that they don't copy their own answers from other questions instead of closing as duplicate. If you are going to give a ...


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Link only answers are essentially "very low quality" - and should be flagged as such. You could, however, as a first action, ask the user to clarify the information behind the link that is relevant to the answer, explaining that link rot can lead to link only answers becoming unusual in the instance that the link expires/destination site goes offline/site ...


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There is no way to automate something like this, since it doesn't follow a consistent set of criteria. Sometimes new answers to old questions by new users are helpful. Sometimes they're helpful even when another answer has already been accepted. Sometimes they're even better than the accepted answer. Sometimes they add relevant information about something ...


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Sure, why not? If you have a good answer that is adding new details that are not present in other answers, by all means post that answer. This will bump the question up the Active Questions lists and give people chance to see your answer. Worth to mention that we have bounty reasons like "Improve details - The current answers do not contain enough detail" ...


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I wouldn't worry about that. If you find a true non-answer in the Late Answers queue, feel free to flag it as such. This no longer adds much to the moderator workload. These flags now feed into the Low Quality Posts review queue, where the community can vote on whether or not such a post should be deleted. Almost all of them no longer even wind up being ...


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