I'm going to re-post my answer from Meta AU.
2 hours ago, this feature request was tagged status-completed:
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. –
Let's get cracking, folks.