Ref T13544. Long ago, "arc diff" started prompting the user to provide "excuses" when they submitted changes with failing lint or unit tests.
At the time, "arc" was generally more heavy-handed and the review workflow had fewer points where it provided feedback about lint and test issues.
As the workflow has evolved, there is now significantly more feedback (promotion behavior from Draft in Differential, warnings on "arc land", etc). These days, these prompts feel archaic and like they're just getting in the way.
When lint/unit have Harbormaster-triggered components, this prompt is also too early (since Harbormaster tests may fail or raise lint messages later). A modern version of this would look more like putting revisions in some kind of locked state until authors explain issues. It's possible that's worth building, but I'd like to see more interest in it. I suspect this feature is largely just a "nag" feature these days with few benefits.