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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

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 ...
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Moderator deleted my answer -- too rashly?

Thanks for asking here and doing so calmly and politely, that is always appreciated! Now, what happened was that slm converted your answer to a comment. He didn't write a comment in your name, he ...
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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

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 ...
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What to do with mediocre edits with "blah blah" edit message?

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 ...
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Moderator deleted my answer -- too rashly?

Thanks for getting back to your answer to improve it. I'm sorry if my choice of words seemed too unfriendly, that was not my intention, but your initial answer more or less only said "check out ...
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"Suggestion should be comment", but it really shouldn't

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 ...
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Learning the art of the close-vote review queue

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 ...
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Are new users subjected to prejudicial or intensified scrutiny by moderators?

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 ...
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Reviewing edits

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'...
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How was my suggested edit not useful?

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, ...
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What do I do when a user edits their question with another account

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 ...
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Why does reviewers not accept? Reject the edits without understanding

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 ...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

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 ...
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Are new users subjected to prejudicial or intensified scrutiny by moderators?

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 ...
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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

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 / ...
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bumped to the homepage

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 ...
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How to tackle the gray area in reviewing low-quality answers?

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 ...
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Why does reviewers not accept? Reject the edits without understanding

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 ...
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Unfriendly or unkind flag rejects stick even after flagged comments are deleted

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 ...
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Reviewing Low Quality Posts that are Code Only

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 ...
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Low quality posts from high rep users

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 ...
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Low quality posts from high rep users

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 ...
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Reviewing edits

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 ...
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Why can we not vote to migrate a question to superuser.com?

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 ...
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Edits: How trivial is trivial?

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 ...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

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 ...
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Learning the art of the review queue

A more detailed guide to how to be a good reviewer (than the brief text in (more)) I really want to answer this one, but as I've commented, I feel like this deserves a separate Q&A to cover the ...
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Broken buttons colors [contrast]?

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 ...
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strange question closing (after "leave open")

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 "...
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