Just failed this test: https://superuser.com/review/first-posts/644425

How did I fail? By commenting. I commented

OMG. That made my heart hurt.

Yes, the OMG wasn't necessary. The entire comment wasn't, but it was a comment of approval on a painful picture of horrific carnage.

But Test Bot's automatic interpretation of my comment was incorrect. I'd guess the pass action on this would be an upvote or No Action Needed review.

There have been a couple other reviews I've done recently and also failed usually due to commenting where TB made assumptions about what my comment meant that were not accurate.

I'm not worried about failing too many tests. I've failed enough and passed enough and have enough rep it's just not an issue.

But I think TB perhaps ought to be tweaked a bit.

While it would be more work for mods (you know we love y'all), perhaps there ought to be two buttons on the STOP, LOOK, LISTEN message following failed audits:

  1. You got me
  2. I protest

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I'd guess the pass action on this would be an upvote or No Action Needed review.

Exactly. Your first thought would, preferably, been to upvote the high quality and helpful content.

Comments should primarily be used to indicate problems with the answer. This answer did not really need any more commentary and I suspect, but have not checked, that this answer got more than enough comments along the lines of "Ahhhh! Bad Thing!" which are not entirely helpful.

It is a nice picture, I admit.

just checking...

22 deleted comments. All of them commenting on a pretty picture without adding much to the conversation or giving any useful insight.

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    Nice picture? NICE picture? That awoke carefully repressed memories and right now I'm still trying to convince my boss I need a binky and a blanket! Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 17:06
  • But seriously, while this specific case is admittedly not the best example, in most cases I think the audit bot should interpret the votes and flags and ignore the comments. For instance, if a post is less than a couple days old, has no comments, and needs improvement, I don't flag, I comment with direction. Only once direction has been ignored will I vote to close or flag. In mucking with times and comments to frame the situation, the audit bot throws this math off for me. Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 17:10
  • Yes, it is a nice picture. Many an Old God would have loved to be able to create that level of mental anguish with just one simple image. (sorry for the harsh tone in the answer)
    – Mokubai Mod
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 17:12
  • I apply an automatic +20% softening to answers from people with diamonds. No worries. :) Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 17:15
  • In all fairness though, the audits are an automated system and it is difficult to create anything more than simple rules that will apply across the network. The rules for selection of audits have to be applicable to most sites and so occasionally people will fall afoul of those rules. It's a sad fact, but not really a problem unless you persistently fail every audit, in which case the system will be doing its job.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 17:20
  • True. Just chalk this up to one more (slightly but not really) frustrated user. Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 17:58

I very much dislike failing an audit. I know I'm not to take it personally, but that's so hard for someone who strives to do everything with excellence. I feel your pain.

But I think an I protest button would create more problems that it would solve. It would invite reviewers to disagree with (typically correct) TB. That invitation would flood Meta with complaints and claims of bleeding, overshadowing the instructive purpose of the audits.

TB, is an automated system. We all know such systems have their flaws. This is not an excuse for the flaws, but a reminder that ultimately what we must reach for in automation is close enough to perfection. As Mokubai pointed out, TB would have granted a passing grade had the action taken during the audit been correct (admittedly, in the strictest sense).

Given the tradeoffs I perceive with enabling users to protest their audit, I think TB's performance is "close enough."

  • You're probably right. I Protest would add loads of work with very minimal benefit. Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 17:53

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