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I just reviewed two posts in the Low Quality Posts queue. These posts didn't fit the rules so I choosed "Recommend Deletion".

But now I was wondering whether I made the right choice. So, when do we actually have to choose "Recommend Deletion"?

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Recommend deletion if the post should be deleted under PPCG or Stack Exchange rules; otherwise say "Looks OK"; never edit it

This includes situations where:

Note that if the post is so bad that it would be instantly deleteable on any Stack Exchange site (i.e. it's spam in the sense of "advertising an external site without disclosing your affiliation", or offensive/rude/keyboard mashing), you should place a "red flag" on the post (flag → "spam" or "rude/abusive" respectively), in addition to recommending deletion. There's more than one sort of deletion available, and it's important to make sure that the post is correctly characterised as being in moderately good faith or as being outright abusive.

In any situation where the post doesn't fit into the above categories of things that should be deleted, say "Looks OK" to clear it from the queue. The Low Quality Posts queue is really buggy and you want to move posts out of it as quickly as possible. (Note that there's an autoflagging bot in the Stack Exchange software which casts a lot of dubious "low quality (auto)" flags, which feed into the Low Quality Posts queue.) In particular, never edit a post from the queue, no matter how much editing would improve it, as this triggers one of the worst bugs on Stack Exchange; instead, wait for the review to be completed, and then you can edit the post safely.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I disagree with "never edit" - I have seen good answers with minor non-code issues (like a typo in a URL where the correct URL is obvious, e.g. toi.run; or an incorrect/missing header) where an edit is helpful. \$\endgroup\$ – Mego Jun 20 '17 at 3:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mego: Doing so will put a permanently unremovable downvote on the post, which the OP definitely doesn't deserve for a simple typo. Wait for the post to leave the review queue first, then edit it. (Yes, this is ridiculous, but we shouldn't be punishing users for bugs in Stack Exchange.) \$\endgroup\$ – user62131 Jun 20 '17 at 7:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, I thought you were suggesting that users never edit posts they see in queues, even outside of the queue. I see now that I misinterpreted your meaning. And yes, the bug is dumb, and we have to work around it for now. \$\endgroup\$ – Mego Jun 20 '17 at 7:46

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