I'm a bit confused about what I just saw and would love to get some clearification.

I was just doing post reviews and came across an answer that had written above it:

Our system has identified this post as possible spam; please review carefully

The answer looked really good to me though, I couldn't see any sort of spam in it. I looked at the question and it had the same notice above it, but again, the question looked perfectly fine.

I wasn't sure if that was an audit, expecting me to downvote or flag the answer but since I felt like this answer was really good, I gave it an upvote. Turns out, I passed the audit.

What I'm wondering here now is what the notice above the post means. I have never seen it before and searching for the message on meta reveals no results. The post is clearly not spam and I think especially in an audit review this can cause a lot of confusion as to how to treat/review the post.


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up vote 5 down vote accepted

This is actually driven by the spam detection system, where posts or edits from untrusted networks can trigger the alert to help folks recognize the need to be extra-vigilant: The review system suggested something was probably spam, what should I do when I see this?

This is also used on audits, primarily so that you don't get too confident in the system's ability to detect spam and start rubber-stamping anything with the alert.

  • That explains it, thanks! So does that mean the audit post was actually detected as a possible spam by the system, or is that just added in the audit as a "test"? – confetti Aug 26 at 2:03
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    Very unlikely for an audit, although IIRC this has triggered on audits before when the author of the post used for the audit happened to arrive from a VPN or something. – Shog9 Aug 26 at 2:10

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