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
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:
- 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