I was asked to review the paper mid-April and got a reminder in mid-May that the review was due in a week. This is not good:
Dear [journal editor],
I have just now completed the review of this paper and went to manuscript central to submit it and got the message:
You have either completed this review or this review is no longer necessary. Please contact the site Administrator if you have any further questions.
I'm resisting the urge to use profanity in this email since I hope this message is a mistake since (1) I have not completed the review and (2) I did not receive an email notice that my review was no longer needed.
I sincerely hope that your journal did not cause me to waste my Friday.
This is a different journal than the one that caused me to waste my time earlier this year. I'm receiving incentives to just chuck the paper if I'm not able to complete it within the bull$h1t timeline that the journal thinks is appropriate.
Update: The editor emailed and apologized for the mistake. I emailed my review which will be ignored because the "mistake" the editor made was to not notify the reviewer who had not submitted a review that his review was no longer needed. It is a radio button in the editorial management systems.