# Guidelines for reviewing questions

I recently noticed that "reviewing" is a part of community tasks, but I am unsure what exactly this means and am looking for guidance (either as an answer, or a link to an old question, an FAQ page, or similar). In particular:

(1) How does this operationally work? How do I review?

(2) What should be checked in a reviewed post before you signal (?) it is ok, or flag (?) it is not? (I have no edit privileges, so presumably would flag a post for further checks - is that right?)

(3) Specifically, given my low reputation score, I am apparently only cleared to review (a) First Posts, and (b) Late Answers. (a) seems clear enough; what exactly is (b)? What specifically is of concern in either (a) or (b)?

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It's often useful to search meta.stackoverflow.com for questions about how the site works: Why are “Late Answers” reviewed? –  Rahul Jan 27 '13 at 20:22
@Rahul Natain; Thank you. This clarified only one small part of my question though. Even for "Late Answers", it didn't specify what exactly constitutes a "late answer", or summarize a list of what to look for (some ideas are mentioned)). As to "searching" the site, while I easily find the search page on my desktop, I could not from my phone (you could justly argue I should have waited until I'm home later). –  gnometorule Jan 27 '13 at 20:26
That's true. I'd post a full answer, but I have to run now. If no one's answered by the time I'm back, I'll post an answer for all your questions. The main thing is that you just check that the post to be reviewed is a good question/answer and not spam, trolling, or other kinds of junk, and give upvotes/flags accordingly. –  Rahul Jan 27 '13 at 20:31
It also strikes me as a good idea to have, what I ask about, in one place for future reference, should such a summary not yet exist. –  gnometorule Jan 27 '13 at 20:32
@Rahul Natain: Thank you very much. Appreciated –  gnometorule Jan 27 '13 at 20:33
I wasn't trying to berate you for not searching, but just giving a suggestion for future reference to you and others passing by. –  Rahul Jan 27 '13 at 20:33
You don't have to worry about what exactly makes an answer a "late answer from a new user"; this is something SE machinery decides behind the scenes. And SE developers generally do not disclose the exact details of their heuristic algorithms that continually scan the content posted on the sites. For one thing, they are probably tweaked from time to time; for another, disclosure would aid spammers in circumventing the automated checks. –  user53153 Jan 27 '13 at 20:58
I just noticed that you misspelt my surname multiple times! Grrr... You'll pay for this, @grometomule!! shakes fist in mock indignation –  Rahul Jan 28 '13 at 7:50
@Rahul Narain: Oh noes! (hides) –  gnometorule Jan 28 '13 at 15:54
@\$\mathbb{R^n}: I like your new username, knowing what was the old. :) –  gnometorule Jan 29 '13 at 18:22
(2.) If it's a good question/answer, upvote it. If it's spam, trolling, or other inappropriate material, flag it for removal. If it's a duplicate/off-topic/etc. question, vote to close. If it's a new question or a comment posted as an answer, flag it as not an answer. If the content is good but the formatting needs improvement, edit it. If you think of something else to say, whether good or bad, leave a comment. I don't think it's that complicated. :) Of course, if the subject is outside your range of knowledge and you can't tell whether the post is good or bad, there's always the skip button.