TL;DR: If No Action Needed is your favourite choice when reviewing first posts and late answers, you need to focus more on the quality of your reviews.
In the last 30 days, 477 reviews of first posts and late answers have been performed on this site. In 330 cases (69 %), the reviewer selected No Action Needed. Remember that this choice means that the reviewer decided to do neither of the following:
- Vote for the post.
- Post a comment or upvote an existing comment.
- Edit or suggest an edit.
- Flag or vote to close or delete.
While I do not dispute that No Action Needed is an appropriate choice at times, this is too much! This button should serve as a last resort, not as the default. Originally, it did not even exist. For the vast majority of posts, one of the following applies:
You can improve the post by editing. Most new users do not know how to properly format a post, how to write a good title, or to appropriately tag a question. Improving these aspects is one these queues’ purposes.
If the post has any problems that only be fixed by the author or not at all, you can flag it, vote to close or delete, downvote, or leave a comment elaborating where the problem is. While not all of these choices are appropriate for all posts with problems, at least one of them should be. If there already is a comment explaining what is wrong, you can upvote it.
If there is nothing wrong with the post, you should probably upvote it. Don’t be afraid of introducing a bias for first posters. This is an intended effect of the queue to make new user feel welcome.
If you do not qualified to make a voting decision on the post (including a qualified non-vote, i.e., decide that it deserves neither an up- nor a downvote) and there is nothing blatantly wrong with the post, you should probably skip the review.
If you do not perform these reviews carefully, this means that new users do not receive the attention and guidance they deserve, or problematic posts may be undetected – I just deleted two clear spam posts that were reviewed with No Action Needed. Sure, reviewing thoroughly takes more time, but this time is well invested as our site thrives on quality and other users having a positive experience. Good first-post reviews may even reduce the total review load: The earlier a user receives guidance on improving their post, the more likely it is that they are still around and improve their post before it can cause more work in the “heavier” review queues.