I was recently reviewing a new users first post when I noticed this....

This is a new user's answer to an old question. Watch for hidden gems, non-answers, and spam.

I've seen this notification/banner a hundred times and not once did I think about the words "Hidden Gems" until now. So what are they?

Heres what the banner looks like.

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Answers are appreciated. :)

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  • I suppose that could mean "watch out for real cool answers out of nowhere" so you would give them proper reaction (upvote and maybe share). – Hakase Apr 14 '14 at 1:07
  • Not literal (virtual) gems :p – кяαzєя Apr 18 '14 at 0:04

According to the Stack Exchange glossary, this is the definition of a hidden gem:

This term refers to a post that is surprisingly outstanding in quality, especially coming from a new user. Those are hard to find and rare, so keep your eyes open!

Basically, when a question is left abandoned for a while and then answered later (a month or more), or by a new user, that answer may not get noticed, particularly if the OP doesn't frequent the site. So, even a very good answer might get no upvotes or recognition, which does against the Stack Exchange ideal.

So in the review queue, make sure to upvote and bring attention to posts like this!

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  • How would one "bring attention" to posts like that? – Peter Raeves Jul 4 '14 at 16:41
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    @PeterRaeves Upvoting and editing to improve (even just spelling or other things like that) are two ways the answer can be noticed. Additionally, the standard methods like sharing questions/answers in communities who are interested in such topics are great ways to make sure an answer gets some attention. – Killua Jul 4 '14 at 16:44

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