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What to do with same answers to different questions by the same user?

If the questions are duplicates, one should be closed as such. In that case, it should be explained to the user that we prefer information to be centralized, so they should flag instead of posting the ...
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Should I perform a duck test when reviewing suggested edits?

We can't merge accounts any more. We basically use a duck test + a quick look at whatever PII we have, and pass it up to a CM. There's nothing that a regular user can do. In many cases I actually ...
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What are some common "gotchas" associated with moderation activities?

Flagging Don't flag answers as "not an answer" unless they don't attempt to answer the question at all. If an answer post at least tries to answer the question, don't flag it, even if it is factually ...
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When is it appropriate to participate in moderator-type functions?

First of all, the reputation and privileges system, as it stands today, wasn't designed with the case in mind that someone would just rake in 500 point bounties and get the privileges by only ...
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Why is this 6 year old user account in the Late Answer queue?

Per this MSE, posts are enqueued into Late Answers if they were posted more than 30 days after the question and their owners have less than 50 reputation. This was not always the case; originally the ...
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When is a short answer too short?

Although the others posted good reasons, I look at answers as a few things: Would it stand on its own, if it was the only answer to a question? Does it answer all the parts of the question? Does it ...
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Test reviews within the past 30 days?

If you're thinking about when the question was asked, then you're already thinking about that post more than the typical review robot we're trying to catch does. The post is not an obvious audit if ...
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Are there standard comments for reviews?

Yes, that comment was good. There's no standard list of comments but the proforma userscript a set of good comments, based on this meta question
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When is it appropriate to participate in moderator-type functions?

As soon as you have the rep, you can certainly dive in! If you don't feel ready though, don't. Take some more time around the site then, read Meta, and the Help Center extensively! They are a wealth ...
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How to mark good comments that are left as answers by new users

If you can identify which post (question or another answer) the "answer" should be made a comment on, then it's best if you raise a custom flag, saying: this should be a comment on https://...
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Voted 40 times in close queue on Sept 11, 2014

Welcome to inflation. Or at least the close votes queue. Currently, we allow 20 reviews per user per queue per day, but we double this to 40 if the queue size is over 1000. So long as the close ...
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Is there an error with Late Answers Review?

It is a result of raising the reputation level of what should be slotted into the Late Answers review queue. [...] I'd like to try raising the reputation for getting enqueued to the Late Answer ...
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Has the First Posts review limit recently changed?

I can see 20 in the last 16 hours, and then more 18 hours ago. I suspect that you were reviewing either side of the daily cut-off and 5 of those were yesterday. I can't remember exactly when the ...
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Can I disable the Review Icon

You can use the following custom stylesheet to hide just the red alert indicator: .js-review-button._danger-indicator:after { display: none } or hide the entire button: .js-review-button { ...
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When is it appropriate to participate in moderator-type functions?

The mere fact that you feel the need to be cautious about diving into the review queue and took the step of posting on meta about it tells me that you're probably well suited for reviewing and ...
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When is a short answer too short?

In my opinion this is a situation that do with a bit more scrutiny. The Low Quality queue seems to be encouraging the deletion of answers like this that, while they may be concise, do actually answer ...
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Warn when Approving Edits for Questions On-Hold

From my edit to this answer: If a question is on hold and the suggested edit does not completely resolve the reason for the question being put on hold, you should Reject the edit. This is a ...
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please review hold on my blocker question

For the record, when this was in the Reopen Votes queue, I skipped the review, but if somebody held a gun to my head and forced me to choose, I would have hit Leave Closed. The question is no longer ...
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"Our system has identified this post as possible spam" - Audit

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 ...
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Suggested edits still not approved

Please have a little patience: 4 out of 5 of your pending suggested edits are less than 10 hours old. You're lucky not to be on Stack Overflow where edits may take a full week (because the queue is so ...
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Best practice on first post review - should close immediately?

I started this as a comment but it got too long, so I'll post it as an answer. Since you're talking about closing, I assume this is limited to question posts. If the question basically doesn't ...
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What happened to the "Improve Edit" and "Reject and Edit" buttons on this review?

As Michael Frank surmised, the answer is deleted. For whatever reason, that didn't automatically reject the edit; it's still hanging around, waiting to be approved or rejected. You've earned the ...
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How to determine priority for duplicate questions

I agree with Mokubai. Generally, I prefer the older question, simply because it was here first. But if the newer question is better or has better answers, it is perfectly acceptable to close the ...
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What's the policy on a request to add a comment?

Using suggested edits as comments is a nono. Reject with impunity.The one exception is If its clearly the op (who is a poor lost soul and is unregistered), and he's lost his cookie. Don't encourage ...
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Banned for 3 days because of wiki tags - explain please

That warning means to not just approve any tag wiki edits that appear. If you grab one or two sentences from the proposed tag wiki suggestions they come up on Google pointing to other sites, verbatim....
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Should I perform a duck test when reviewing suggested edits?

The phrase "the goals of the post's owner" can be understood in many ways (as can "strive to"), and if there's any definitive official guidance on what it's supposed to mean, it doesn't seem to be ...
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Suggested edits still not approved

I've submitted too many edits, which isn't unusual for me, and when I try to edit anymore posts, I get the message saying that I need to wait for my other submitted edits to be approved (as you do). ...
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When is a short answer too short?

If you fell that it needs more information, ask for it in a comment! Feeling the need of downvote it, go outside the review and downvote. Is all too "meh, this looks like a comment" poke here, poke ...
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Does this audit make sense?

I have to agree that this wasn't an appropriate review audit. It's an old post that probably would get closed or downvoted if posted today. Unfortunately, review audit selection is random and ...
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Change request review comments

When you select the "causes harm" option, that phrase doesn't actually appear anywhere permanent. The only thing that will show up on the review verdict page is the custom text you typed in the text ...
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