I just encountered this answer to the question Is it safe to download and burn a disc image on an infected PC? in the First Posts queue. It was an audit, so it displayed as it were a new answer, with no votes or comments. I thought it was questionable, so I posted a critical comment. As soon as I did that, the seven comments that had already been posted over the past two weeks magically appeared, and I saw that somebody had already said the essence of what my comment said, so I deleted it. Then I clicked on “No Action Needed,” and I got the dreaded “STOP! Look and Listen.” screen of death:
I question the choice of this answer as “high quality”. At least four of the seven comments on it are critical.
I posted a comment, withdrew it, and said “No Action Needed”. I didn’t downvote it or flag it. The audit failure message says, “… you should have considered leaving it as-is …”. Well, that’s what I did! Why did I get an audit failure for that?
For the record, my comment was
Your logic is circular. If you admit the possibility that the malware is so sophisticated that it might recognize an ISO file for an operating system and infect the ISO, then you should also admit the possibility that the malware will have corrupted any checksum/hash software on the infected box to recognize the infected ISO file and report back the checksum of the original, untainted image. If you mean “burn the CD on your machine but go to a friend’s machine to check the hash”, you should say so.
… which adds little to what Zoredache already said.
It happened again. I got a First Posts audit (and again, I would debate the claim that this was a high quality post – it was just absurdly popular). I posted a comment and then clicked on “No Action Necessary”, and I failed the audit.
In case I’m being misunderstood (which seems to happen a lot), let me emphasize: while I’m unhappy about the way the system takes highly popular posts and assumes that they must be high-quality, that’s not the thrust of my complaint. I’m complaining about the fact that, if I post a comment and then click on “No Action Necessary”, I fail the audit, even though the message says, “you should have considered leaving [this post] as-is”.
Second update: Good news: If you leave a comment and then upvote, you pass the audit.
P.S. “STOP! Look and Listen.” ??? I don't hear anything.