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A compendium of comments I've found useful. Feel free to add more. Questions Self-study Is this a question from a course or textbook? If so, please add the self-study tag & read its wiki. Is this a question from a course or textbook? If so, please add the [tag:self-study] tag & read its [wiki](https://stats.stackexchange.com/tags/self-study/info). ...


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I have a lot of sympathy. I still find it hard to judge reviews a lot of the time. The system gives much less feedback/information than it would be useful to know, especially when you're just starting out. My advice is: 1) skip what you're quite unsure of. Someone else will deal with it. 2) on the other hand, don't be afraid of making the occasional ...


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I agree that this is common. I don't find it especially troubling on the whole. If a question is unacceptable on any ground, it doesn't belong. If you throw something out, it is secondary why you do. At the same time, good (concise, precise, informative) feedback will tell the OP what was wrong (and help them to do it less often in the future). In ...


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The code in the question was this: df = data_frame(group = as.factor(rep(1:5, each=100)), x = rep(seq(-3,3, length.out =100), 5), y=as.numeric(dnorm(x, mean=means[group]) > 0.4*runif(10))) In your answer you adapted it to df <- data.frame(group = as.factor(rep(1:5, each=100)), x = rep(seq(-3,3, length....


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Your efforts to try to improve the site are appreciated! As I understand it, if enough reviews / suggested edits are rejected you'll automatically generate a (temporary) ban without any intervention by a moderator. This should lift in a few days. [If it's still there on Monday, please notify a moderator; we should be able to reverse it.]


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The problem with trying to edit newbie questions is that they are sometimes so incoherent that editing would have very real risk of making them something other than what the OP wanted. I often link to a blog post I wrote called "How to ask a statistics question"; that has what I hope are some helpful pointers. The question that was linked to is certainly ...


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There is no shame in using “Skip”. That said, you're not required to reply to comments from the original author; often, other helpful users chime in and take over the 'conversation'. This is the nature of an asynchronous collaboration platform like Stack Exchange. There's no guarantee the next reviewer will be able to help the author; moderation tasks like ...


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Don't worry, you're not going to hurt anything by clicking Skip. Thanks for doing your bit to help. It's appreciated. Clicking Skip means "I can't decide, let someone else look at it". So if you weren't clear on whether those were okay, that was the right thing to do. The fact that the post was visible on the main page was not a consequence of you clicking ...


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@Glen_b has provided a nice answer. I agree with most everything (except—being very opinionated by nature—that it's hard to judge a lot of reviews). Here's my 2¢: Just go ahead and do something. Do whatever seems like the right thing to you, but do something. There isn't necessarily any such thing as the 'right' action really anyway. ...


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Anyone can review, and approve or deny, edits to their own posts. That is the case whether the post at issue is a question or an answer. Moreover, their review is final: That is, if they are the first reviewer, there is no need for a second, and if they are the second reviewer, but their review disagrees with the first, their choice is used. When your ...


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Looks like its still in the queue to me. (It's probably out of your version of the queue though) But don't worry, most reviews take more than one vote and even if you muck up the occasional review, the worst things that will happen are totally recoverable. For example that was a First Post review. If you accidentally okayed a bad post from there, and let'...


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I believe that reflects a kind of "urgency" about attending to the queue. If my recollection is right (it may be a bit off), blank means the queues are empty (or perhaps nearly so), a grey dot means there's a number of items in at least one queue (i.e. a queue needs attention) and red indicates there's at least one "long" queue. Edit: There's a pretty ...


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I agree with everything @Glorfindel said, but have slightly different emphasis and extra details. It can be quite easy to tell that a question is not good or even quite off-topic even if you have no idea of a good answer or of what a good answer would look like. This is the positive side of reviewing. Extreme cases include spam and posts with offensive ...


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♦ moderators have the ability to convert answers into comments. I'm a moderator on a few other sites in the network, and Not An Answer flags are the primary way the community notifies me of these situations. Of course, using the Not An Answer flag will also send the it into the Low Quality Posts review queue, and the reviewers there may delete it before it ...


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While you can filter by tag: Note that you can do this within queues for some tag-reasons but not others (I unchecked "off-topic" here since you don't need to know as much about a topic to see a post is off topic for our site). In other places in StackExchange (searches, watched-vs-ignored tags), tag-filtering allows you to remove tags (using -[tagname]): ...


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I agree with @amoeba: it's important that authors have the ability to update or improve their question as quickly as possible. Otherwise it may be closed as unclear, or answers that do get posted will fail to address the author's main concern. We have many ugly, hard-to-follow threads that are a nightmare for future readers, resulting from substantial ...


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[Edit: It looks like the queues seem to have improved a little in recent times -- I find it easier to figure out why something closed for example -- so to an extent some of the gripes here may be a little out of date.] I definitely agree that the interface in the various review queues is not as helpful as it should be -- it hides essential information that ...


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Some people certainly put more effort in than others. A number of our regular reviewers (you among them) put in effort above the average (one regular reviewer who I won't name stands out above the rest in terms of time per review and on a number of other indicators of both effort and quality); the dedication of our careful reviewers and editors is a big ...


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You can't do that from the Q&A page, just like you can't vote 'leave closed' when there are pending reopen votes. You can search in the Close Votes review queue with a bit of a workaround; you can filter by type of close vote (not suitable for this site, needs details or clarity, etc.) or by tag. Choose the least used tag (that's the rightmost one) and ...


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Is it possible to undo a review action? So far, it is not. As you said, there will be other reviewers which will end up approving the suggestion. If they do not, one can go over the tag wiki and edit it to fix the mistaken review. Then, if you are still uncomfortable with the user who suggested the edit, it is possible to ping him/her on chat (or leave a ...


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Apologies for breaking all these URLs. I've pushed out a change to make these link go to the right place (the links you posted here no longer work).


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There were more than 500 entries because the criterion for sending late answers to the queue has changed. Before the change only late answers from users with reputation up to 10 had their answers sent there; now the threshold is 50. With this new criterion, many old and late answers posted by users with reputation ranging from 10 to 50 were sent ...


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I reject such edits. As @Scortchi notes, an initial edit of a closed question bumps it into the reopen queue. However, if the edit does not address the reason for closure, that thread should be rejected for reopening. At that point, the OP has lost their first, easiest opportunity for having their question reopened. (It is still possible for the thread ...


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Ideally the main issues should be addressed when it is first closed (I often comment when voting to close for one reason with a brief mention that a post would close for other reasons as well -- something like "not only is this unclear, it appears to be overly broad..." etc), so that the OP is aware of the main problems to address. My preference as a ...


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Should trivial edits be acceptable? What is trivial? Not all 'trivial' edits are useless (sometimes a comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence). When it comes to review suggested-edits, use your best judgement and stick to the guidance provided in the review dialog. For example, that edit should have been rejected as it changes the content from OP'...


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Solution: Theme Week! I'm just spitballing, but what if we have like a week-long theme where we propose a (prolific) tag and the goal is for participants to collaborate in cleaning up that tag? Cleanup goals could include (1) identifying duplicates (2) identifying "blind spots" where a canonical thread is required (3) answering neglected questions as well ...


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See: Lots of questions in the reopen queue , this means that a closed question will automatically be added to the reopen queue when it is... ...Edited (body edits only) within 5 days of closure by the author. Or, ...Edited (body edits only) within 5 days of closure by a 3rd-party, provided the editor has not also flagged the question or voted to close it. ...


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The list of awards (not awardees) for, say, the "Steward" badge appears at https://stats.stackexchange.com/help/badges/110/steward . Awards are listed in reverse chronological order. Individuals may be awarded the badge multiple times. Each such award will be listed according to the time it was made. Here is an excerpt showing multiple awards: There are ...


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So, originally when this queue was created it was only a queue for questions that received reopen votes. It only ever had the "Question" tab which already displays a banner which lists the reason it was closed. We didn't put this information into the top information box because all it would be doing is duplicating information. Now that revisions bump ...


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New users cannot comment until they reach 50 reputation, not 15. This is part of the design of the SE system. It is a feature, not a bug. Preventing new users from being able to comment reduces the amount of spam and nonsense on the site and help keep it clean. On balance, the benefits of this design choice far out weigh the costs. Sooner or later, ...


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