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As in inveterate queue clearer, the behavioural impact is negligible. The cognitive impact, however, is unwelcome. The red dot immediately signals dread: "Oh, there are a heap of these things to deal with now..." Save the red for when you really need it (ie., when the queue really is backed up: 10 or more, or whatever the old threshold was). Bring back the ...


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Assuming that the suggested edit is good enough that you would consider accepting it, based on its own merits, and ignoring the comment, here’s a possible approach: The first time you see something like this: Accept the edit (or improve it). Leave a comment for the editor asking him to write better comments.  (You can @-ping people who have (successfully) ...


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Unfortunately reviewers are not perfect—and I think you just happened to run into two very, uh, not perfect reviews. Neither of the reject reasons are correct: fixing a syntax error clearly makes an answer more accurate and I'm pretty sure the answer's author intended to give the correct syntax. I don't think there is much you can do about a one-off mistake,...


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Your edit was indeed helpful. Your changes were absolutely improving the answer and, as you said, it wouldn't even run without the missing quote. Most importantly, you fixed the (( failed )) || return which had to be (( failed )) && return for the script to work. When looking over your edit, I was confused by your change of if ! "$*" then ...


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While the following outline breaks down the various close types, the heart of the matter is really "is this question answerable (here)?". I found a relevant quote from jasonwryan (one of the first 20 users registered on the site, over 6 years ago!) while researching this: I make a judgement call about the overall quality of the question and whether it ...


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I agree with your reluctance around this. Given no examples in the answer used that switch, adding it seems superfluous and I would've rejected it with this reason: clearly conflicts with author's intent This reason is usually my go to when someone takes a little bit too much liberties in expanding an answer for really no obvious reason. IMO this is ...


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As with most odd cases on Stack Exchange, this is SO's fault. SO has always required two people to approve edits; everywhere else required one. They continued to have problems with terrible edits getting accepted, so in October SO's requirements were increased so three votes are needed, and at the same time all the other sites on the network, including us, ...


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First of all, thank you for coming here to Meta with a polite, calm question as you have done. I know how confusing the rules can be to new users, and it is always appreciated when people ask instead of ranting. Next, I want to point out that none of the users you mention are moderators. Moderators are elected by the community and have a ♦ after their names. ...


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Look at the differences between your suggestion and the improvement: Removed an excessive amount of whitespace before the input/output/commands Made the commands blocks instead of inline formatting, which they should be as they're on their own line. Removed the note from a quote block, as it doesn't really belong in one. This ends up correcting about half ...


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This generally happens because they posted the question on an unregistered account and then later registered one when they realized they would need to follow-up on comments. I have yet to come across a case where somebody makes a fake account with the same name to impersonate another user, so you can probably assume it's the same user and approve it, as long ...


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I vote to reject your edit for two reasons: the first part of your edit doesn’t add any substantive content, it’s a variation on the existing last -x | less command and an example; the second part of your edit is incorrect: the X server error message doesn’t give any clue regarding the reason of the shutdown. I’m not saying the post you edited can’t be ...


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I definitely agree the review queue indicator needs to be more aggressive, but it's neither a good idea nor necessary to sacrifice the urgency indication feature just for that. Instead of setting the whole site on fire, how about a yellow-to-red transition? One could even think about always having a dot on every queue, maybe green for empty ones – those ...


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To quote the relevant points of the ever-useful FAQ (useful to me, at least, as it contains explanations for many of Stack Exchange’s workings) regarding the community user: Randomly poke old unanswered questions* every hour so they get some attention * Questions with at least 30 days of no activity, at least one answer scoring zero, and no answers scoring ...


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For me the line in the grey area is drawn depending on the effort a user puts into their answer. If the answer is (1) clearly factually wrong or misinterprets the question and (2) it's a one-liner, I don't feel there's a point in keeping it. If the one-line answer looks wrong but you're not 100% certain, comment, downvote, but click on "Looks OK". Give ...


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Even if your edit is correct, if it fundamentally changes the answer it should not be an edit but a new answer. From the help center on editing (emphasis mine): Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include: To fix grammar and spelling mistakes To clarify the meaning of the post (...


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terdon has already addressed most of your points, but your question includes some issues that I think only I can address. First, I’m not a moderator, and even though I have a lot of fake Internet points, I don’t have all that many special powers as a result. Second, it is quite possible that new users are subjected to more scrutiny than others, because their ...


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Whenever you are in the Low Quality Review Queue, you are evaluating the quality of the post, not of the user. If the post needs improvements and you can improve it, please do so. If only the author can do those improvements, you should comment asking for elaboration and select recommend deletion. If you are not sure, just hit skip. Reputation should not be ...


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They show up there purely due to their length (being too short). His answers are often just code with no explanations, so they often fall into this category, and I regularly have to approve them as OK too. I agree that it seems ridiculous, but I'm not sure how well received making a change to that automated audit will be. We can ask the higher ups to see ...


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If you feel an answer isn't good, feel free to downvote it. That it was written by a high-rep user is irrelevant. Personally, I agree that an answer which is just code is rarely useful and some explanation is always helpful. On the other hand, I also understand that for very simple things, the explanation would have to explain the most basic syntax of the ...


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I don’t know it this is an abuse of the causes harm option but I sometimes treat it as a general purpose method for providing custom feedback to the editor – so that they learn something from the experience and they’re not getting frustrated by trying to figure out what the real reason their edit was rejected if one of the canned options isn’t particularly ...


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Standing on the shoulders of giants, I'll mention: When flagging a question to be migrated, why are some Stack Exchange sites excluded? (with its link to some good reading at What is the reasoning behind restricting the number of migration paths?). Shog9's answer on Meta.SE regarding close-vote migration paths raises concerns over whether the OP has (or even ...


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You've raised several discussion points in your question, so I'll try to tackle the ones I noticed. I notice that my flags are rejected. This is astonishing, because by any reasonable interpretation of "unfriendly or unkind", they were... completely off-topic and disrespectful with no relevance to the question or answer. Now I see the two comments ...


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Fixing a wrong command is indeed a good edit, it's a shame yours got rejected. In the future, don't add the edit comment in the post just to get over the 6-character limit. Instead, fix some syntax / grammar, provide links to man pages or link an uncommon abbreviation to Wikipedia. There's always something to be improved (example). Also, you may be ...


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Thanks for pointing this out. Looking into this further, the button wasn't displaying correctly on Unix.SE or Meta.Unix. A background gradient should have been applied, but wasn't. This was because the gradient wasn't being applied to input correctly. This has been corrected. Thanks. UPDATE Okay another push has been made to darken the buttons on meta to ...


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He voted outside the queue. The "Leave open" review was done at 2015-01-20 09:56:56Z while the last close vote was at 2015-01-20 09:57:17Z. 21 seconds of difference, which is enough to go back, click "link" and vote.


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Getting 50 reputation is not that hard, and there are good reasons why we don't let new users comment. It's better that they get an idea of how the SE system works first. When you find such answers, flag them as "not an answer" and we'll deal with them. If you flag as NAA, the mods can decide to leave the user another comment or delete the answer or turn it ...


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The feature you request is pretty much already implemented. When you ask a question people having enough reputation to cast a vote feel that it doesn't belong to Unix&Linux, your question is migrated as the result of a decision involving at least five people or a moderator. If, after having read the FAQ and other questions, you're unsure on whether your ...


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I agree with Tshepang, although I never was too concerned with a minor edit bumping the Question in the active page (that is because I don't use it that much, not because it is not important). Minor changes make the site better readable and help encourage newcomers who take an example of the questions they have looked at before they start typing their own, ...


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Spoken about review queues, please change/repair the mobile apps so it's finally possible to do those tasks from within the app . I rarely use the website and thus rarely perform review tasks. An indicator no matter how big it is helps in this situation. The same goes for participation in elections, the winterbash and more stuff like that.


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