My review notification screen currently tells me that there are 4 total items awaiting reviews as seen in this below screenshot.

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However, after I go to the review queue, I could see that there are no items awaiting review and it is empty.

It is happening quite frequently and it is not getting refreshed periodically. That is, the notification gives me some number greater than 0 even if the review queue is empty.

Is there something that could be done regarding this?

  • It's possibles not what you need to review.
    – slm Mod
    Oct 26, 2014 at 16:32
  • The problem seems to have gone away (yesterday I noticed that those numbers are gone, even when clicking on "review" reveals there are items for me in the queue).
    – Anthon
    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:43
  • @Anthon, I still see it shows me the numbers when there are no items for me to review.
    – Ramesh
    Nov 5, 2014 at 14:36
  • @Ramesh It's back for me as well. I'm 100% sure it wasn't there for a while, even after refreshing, and although there were even items for me to review. %-)
    – Anthon
    Nov 5, 2014 at 14:49

2 Answers 2



This indicator is shown only to moderators and users who've gained access to the moderator tools. As such, it behaves in keeping with the design of those tools:

If you poke around in /tools, you'll quickly notice that most of what's found there isn't directly actionable - it's informational! What you do with that information is up to you: hopefully, you've been around long enough now that you have some idea of how you want the site to be run, and are able to make good use of the information presented.

In other words, you're being given a birds-eye view of the actual state of review. It's one thing for the majority of reviewers to plow through their own tasks and move on, but someone needs to keep an eye on things to make sure stuff is actually getting done.

If that number is high or growing, then there's a problem. I've heard this lament from many different sites over the past year: "I do all I can, but there aren't enough of us and it just doesn't seem to have any effect!"

If this is happening on your site, if that number is getting bigger in spite of everything you do... Then it's time to raise a call for action. Don't wait for the cruft to clog the streets before getting folks organized to clean it up.

On the other hand, if it's staying steady at a reasonably-small number (and chances are, you know what "reasonably small" means for your site better than I do), then there's nothing to worry about. In fact, you can probably skip clicking on it entirely unless or until it changes, and get along just fine.

Related: Notify users of possible reviews on toolbar

reference: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/230802/213575


I always thought this number indicated the items that needed reviewing, not necessarily the ones that I could review.

The difference lies in the fact that there can be items that you already have reviewed and need additional reviews (e.g. to get the required to 5 close votes), as well as first posts that you already reviewed in the late-answer or some other queue (and vice versa).

If you ever see two different queues with items to review, and review an item in one queue only to find the other queue is empty directly afterwards, is is often because of you no longer being eligible to review this item, and not because someone else cleaned out the other queue. You can look in the history of the queues to get confirmation for this.

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