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It seems from comments that there may be confusion over who I think needs educating.
I mean the reviewers, not the users.
We currently have epidemic numbers of terrible reviews, with a stunningly low accuracy-rate.


Re my own answer on PSA: Just because *you* don't understand a question doesn't automatically make it unclear

How do we prevent users new to the review queue from just rushing through to score the rep points, whilst barely pausing long enough to read, let alone understand a question?

I've seen three already today [& it's barely lunch time] where the boiler-plate "Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. – Community Bot" comment had been banged on with no thought whatsoever. One was clearly off-topic, a pure software request. the other two were very obvious spam.

This was the software rec, the others don't deserve the fame;)

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In a similar vein to the linked Meta QA above, the reviewer didn't understand the question, or more specifically didn't understand it was off-topic & therefore their review didn't help either the new user or the stack in general.
Underneath is my own boiler-plate response to a software rec question, which at least points the user to some kind of self-help & where their question may be a better fit.

How do we get them to slow down long enough to actually comprehend what the review task is supposed to achieve?
Could we add a version of my boiler-plate [which I've also seen other more experienced users posting variations of, and I probably initially built it from someone else's comments]?
Should we hit them with more audits?
Or some way to better indicate that if you don't understand, don't do anything. That's why we have a Skip button.

I'm open to ideas.

As discussion is ongoing in comments, it appears there is one more circumstance that these useless boiler-plates are rubber-stamped on questions - because the reviewer didn't know what else to do.
This has to be part of our education process.
If you don't know what to do, better to do nothing than cause confusion.
Don't rubber-stamp if there is already sensible action being taken.
Skip.

The first question queue especially never gets long enough that a question can't afford to wait a day or two to see if the OP is going to respond. If they don't after a couple of days, then VTC as 'Needs detail'.
Don't just rush through the queue trying to clear it.

In case it's useful to anyone else, I'll add my personal boiler-plate underneath as code [intentionally so it will wrap here, not as a code-block], so you can copy/paste.
Note: I don't always paste the whole lot, I chop & change depending on circumstances.

Please take the time to take the [Tour](https://superuser.com/tour) and read the [Help pages](https://superuser.com/help), especially
then either
[What topics can I ask about here?](https://superuser.com/help/on-topic) and [What types of questions should I avoid asking?](https://superuser.com/help/dont-ask)
if it's essentially off-topic
or
[How do I ask a good question?](https://superuser.com/help/how-to-ask)
if the question is really unclear or shows little research
and this if it's really a SW rec.
Software recommendations are off-topic, but you could try [Software Recommendations](https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/)

Note, this actually takes some effort & not a simple goal-driven desire to get to the end of the queue as rapidly as possible;)

I'm going to build a catalogue of mindless reviews, as examples. Click for full size…

Two 'doesn't really answer the question' reviews. Though different, they essentially say the same thing. The second was totally unnecessary.

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Software request, as an answer. Should have been flagged NAA.

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Didn't understand the question & didn't notice it had already been self-answered.

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This one's hard to miss… yet miss it they did

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This one was especially bad.
This wasn't a one-off slip. The same reviewer put the same comment on five of these in a row, and two of the equally spammy answers.

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    We can suspend them from reviews, giving them a message as to which reviews were incorrect. That should trigger some introspection on what brought them to this point. At least, moderators could do that if, you know.... Alternatively you can check the reviews history and search for that question to see who the most likely culprit was. That at least give you a name to talk to about their behaviour.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jun 27, 2023 at 11:51
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    There are quite a lot of somewhat worrying "share feedbacks" on deleted (spam) questions there. In at least some cases there is no accompanying spam flag from those users which I find somewhat vexing.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jun 27, 2023 at 11:55
  • More annoying to me though is I've noticed that someone is upvoting the spam. I don't know if they're trying to show some solidarity or if they're just trolling to give spammers rep, but I find that more infuriating than the comments to be honest.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Jun 27, 2023 at 12:19
  • @Mokubai - sure, I can see who does it most frequently & repeatedly. I didn't want to name names in here & not many users can see those lists anyway. Is it 10k or 20k gives access? That particular comment is my least favourite anyway, but when I see it applied to things that really should have had other actions performed, it's even worse. tbh I hadn't noticed spam getting upvotes & of course, we have no way of knowing who that was:\
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 27, 2023 at 12:57
  • @Mokubai - Why isn't that behavior being reported to the SE staff, so appropriate actions, can be handled. Upvoting what is clearly spam is a problem.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 27, 2023 at 16:53
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    @Tetsujin - If you can see the review for the contribution you can determine who submitted the automatic submitted commentary. Of course, there really isn't an appropriate review response, for actual spam in most review queues. I would argue, there isn't appprirate review response most of the time, so the closest response has to be seletected.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 27, 2023 at 16:55
  • @Ramhound - They can flag from Review - i.stack.imgur.com/oCcBn.png [I thought I'd just managed to catch one to show the whole action, but it turned out to be an audit. …I passed ;) If flagged it should just show as 'Reviewed' in History. As I noted earlier, there's always 'no comment' or Skip, if they're not sure.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 27, 2023 at 17:03
  • @Tetsujin - Skipping a review on a legitmant contriutions, be it high quality or low quality is one thing, but not having an option to properly handle spam in every review queue, is something else entirely
    – Ramhound
    Jun 27, 2023 at 17:12
  • @Ramhound - there is the option to flag as spam, or many other 'real' actions from Review. Just dumping the same boiler-plate on everything is really not reviewing, it's banging through the list as fast as possible. Look at today's history, it's right there. & I realised earlier, this is an 18k user… really should know better by now. There are a couple of other frequent fliers, but this is the worst by far.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 27, 2023 at 17:14
  • @Ramhound - I managed to get a real one to demonstrate. Take any other action, like flag as spam, you get an additional option, Other Action, which then shows in the Review History as just 'Reviewed'
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 27, 2023 at 17:22
  • @Tetsujin - There isn't option to flag as spam in every review queue, like reviewing answers, and I have had to flag over 3 dozen spam answers in the last 3 days. Low quality posts also does not have the option to flag as spam. So which queue was the contribution about the media player in, problem first questions, if I were to guess.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 27, 2023 at 17:33
  • @Ramhound - Yeah, these all come from the 'first questions' queue - the easiest one to get access to, for the rep farmers. If I find one in another queue I open the full QA to have a better look & take more appropriate action… but these queue bashers are just not bothering, which doesn't help them, us, the newbie or the site...
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 27, 2023 at 17:38
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    It would be so great if your template (please take time to take the tour .. etc) was part of boiler plate templates. Jun 30, 2023 at 11:33
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    My entire point, which you still don't seem to be grasping, is that 1) you don't have to complete the review if there's no sensible action to take, or if action is already being taken. You can skip. The first question queues are dealt with by the same few people, usually so rapidly I never find anything in the queue. 2) "a kinder sounding info message" no it isn't. It's completely useless & gives the OP no clue whatsoever what exactly they need to do. Even more so because triage/clarification is already underway. All it does is cloud the issue. Hence my request here for education.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 3, 2023 at 10:21
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    @Tetsujin - They have to be willing to participate, I fear many, are unwilling to actively participate in the process. So I personally have written them off, I’ll only focus on those, that participate in that process.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 8, 2023 at 12:51

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