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Looks like this is old news now, but the spike was my fault. I increased the reputation limit for late answers to be enqueued from 10 to 50, which added a bunch of old answers that hadn't been reviewed yet. Sorry for the trouble.


The number indicates how many review tasks the site has, which could be a good thing. Unfortunately the counter doesn't take into account that you already have reviewed the closed review queue, since it requires five close votes to put a question on hold. From a UX perspective this is a very bad behaviour, but none have solved the issue yet. If you want to, ...


I see this all the time. There is no other queue that I know of. What I think (and have come to peace with) is that the number is cached and that the cache sometimes is not reset when items are reviewed in the queue. Interesting that it starts when you hit 10'! Maybee it is one of the queues that has this problem, or that a different cache mechanism is ...

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