Have the criteria for late answers changed recently? After checking this evening there were 558 Late Answers to review.

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Based on the dates of most of the answers that I reviewed, maybe this category should be temporarily renamed to the Late Review queue.


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I'm going to re-post my answer from Meta AU.

2 hours ago, this feature request was tagged :

I would like to raise the bar for late answers to enter the Late Answers Review Queue to 50 rep, which is the threshold after which users gain the ability to comment. Here are some answers that were posted by users with between 10 to 50 rep (yes, there's a little selection bias to be sure. I suspect most/all of these will be 10k links only by the time you're reading this. Note, all of these are from the last 5 hours.

Quoting the proposal by SE employee Jon Ericson:

Raising the bar to 100 would require changing two variables at once. Since that would make it harder to evaluate each individual change, I'd like to try raising the reputation for getting enqueued to the Late Answer reviews to 50 and reconsider upping it to 100 at some point in the future.

That seems to be it.

It's definitely a bug, though. From a comment:

Just to note, the answers should not be older than a month and the current spike should be temporary. – Jon Ericson♦


@muru: I'm sorry about that. Thank goodness I didn't raise the limit to 100. As a reminder, it's easier to clear a task from this queue than many others. A single review dequeues. – Jon Ericson♦

@Sven: Reverting won't help, I'm afraid. The damage has been done. I have gone over to pitch in on Server Fault as an act of penitence. – Jon Ericson♦

Let's get cracking, folks.

  • I think I only got a reviews that were older than a month. And accepted answers as well as more than 5 upvotes. A bit of filtering would have been appropriate.
    – Anthon
    Sep 29, 2015 at 21:56
  • @Anthon be thankful you don't have 4000 posts to review. :P
    – muru
    Sep 29, 2015 at 21:58
  • @Anthon accepted + more than 5 votes? User should have >50 rep then. So it seems rep at the time of posting is used. Dammmmmm.
    – muru
    Sep 29, 2015 at 21:59
  • I reviewed my reviews, the most upvotes was actually four. so that would fit. Since it seems Terdon has no upper review limit of 20 as a mod, the queue might still be cleared today.
    – Anthon
    Sep 29, 2015 at 22:10
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    @Anthon not a chance, sorry. I may not have a software limit but I have a wetware limit and can't do all that many in one night :). The other mods should pitch in while I get some rest.
    – terdon Mod
    Sep 29, 2015 at 23:08
  • @terdon I wouldn't worry, we had 250+ reviews today alone, so this should be gone by tomorrow. If it weren't for DST I would do my next 20 right now.
    – Anthon
    Sep 29, 2015 at 23:12
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    @Anthon looks like you were right. All gone now, well done U&L people!
    – terdon Mod
    Sep 30, 2015 at 10:49
  • You folks must have done a really good job, and really quickly. I'm around most days but haven't seen any recent spike
    – roaima
    Oct 5, 2015 at 14:14
  • Late answers, so what? I really don't know what you're so concerned about. At least a late answer to an existing old question is way better than creating 10 near-identical questions just because someone might say "Aww, this is old!" Oct 6, 2015 at 18:21

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