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After casting a close (as duplicate) vote for a question today it struck me: we see the text [closed] in the question title when a question has been closed, so why can't we also see the number of pending close votes at the moment the page is rendered?

What will this achieve?
This brings it to people's attention faster, and should lead to questions being closed faster, and having a shorter Review queue overall.

Currently users have to visit either the flags or close tabs on the Review page to get a list of questions with close votes. If a question is not attracting a lot of attention (because of its title/summary and it hasn't been up/down voted), and few people are monitoring the Review page at the time then a question can languish for some time. (Note that the example question still only has two close votes and a mere 25 views after 6 hours).

It seems to me to be a relatively simple feature to implement, and you could possibly restrict showing it to only those with the 3000 rep required to close questions.

As an example, here is a mock-up of the actual question I voted to close:

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  • Apologies for the lack of free hand circles - to make up for that transgression I have used wiggly arrows instead

A similar feature has been suggested before, but for reopen votes: Show number of reopen votes for in closed questions titles

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The information in the title is pure noise. We already have a problem with people ignoring closed questions at large, when in many cases all they need is some edit love, I'm afraid with your feature people will start ignoring questions with 3 or 4 close votes as well.

If the problem is that not many people monitor the review close queue, well, good news, the review tasks are being revamped. And if you think a question has escaped for far too long and there's little chance it would be closed naturally, then you can simply flag it for moderation attention.

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+1 - There is also the opposite effect: People may be on the "hunt" for questions that they can close, and this may cause more people to jump on the closing bandwagon. – jmort253 Jun 25 '12 at 7:30
@jmort253 Yes. I've closed over 2K questions on Programmers, I don't think anyone wants to make it easier for me ;) – Yannis Jun 25 '12 at 7:34
I've had a play with the new review tasks - the layout is not initially obvious (had to stop and think for a moment), feels a bit like a psych test and I'll get a rating at the end. If you consider my suggestion adds noise to the title then I hope the [closed] addition will disappear, or the closed question itself is removed from the list. – slugster Jun 25 '12 at 7:50
@slugster The new review tasks are a work in progress, please do post any issues as an answer in the Meta q. Having [closed] in the title is not the same as having [3], the difference being that a question with 3 close votes is not closed and you can't even safely assume it will be closed. – Yannis Jun 25 '12 at 7:55

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