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Right now there are 31,017 first posts by new users that need review, 2,797 of which have been reviewed in all time.

I think that more and new incentives are needed so that we can get this number down. There are over 696,098 reviews for suggested edits and 139,811 for low quality posts so there are definitely enough reviewers.

If SO implemented something like 2 reputation for each review, a banner ad on the home page and a blog post then we could probably get the number down to zero. And, once it's there it'll probably stay down.

The other solution could be to remove everything older than 2 weeks and anything with an answer (they are obviously questions and readable).

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There are already badges for reviewing, voting, editing, flagging, and even commenting (all possible actions when reviewing first posts). I don't see any need for more. –  bfavaretto Sep 16 '12 at 22:07
    
Actually, there is only one that I can find. And, it takes 1000 reviews to get it. –  A.M.K Sep 16 '12 at 22:09
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The "over all time" thing is only since a couple days ago when that review task was converted from the old system. –  animuson Sep 16 '12 at 22:16
    
@A.M.K What I mean is, reviewing posts can help you get existing badges, like Strunk & White / Copy Editor (for editing), Civic Duty / Electorate (for voting), Deputy / Marshal (for flagging), and even Pundit (10 comments with 5+ upvotes). –  bfavaretto Sep 16 '12 at 22:19
    
I won't have access to a computer till the 19th, but, I thought this needed to be brought up. –  A.M.K Sep 16 '12 at 22:27
    
@animuson, I didn't know that. –  A.M.K Sep 16 '12 at 22:28
    
@bfavaretto, The average user doesn't see a direct gain/incentive for reviewing posts. –  A.M.K Sep 16 '12 at 22:29
    
Related: New Review Queue: First Posts and A gold reviewer badge? –  animuson Sep 16 '12 at 22:30
    
@bfavaretto Badges is something you only get once. I believe that the incentive OP is talking about would be something you can get all the time (which you do - if you're editing but only that). It might be nice to earn something for e.g. "edited at least 10 posts for 10 consecutive days" - a badge called "newbie lover" or humbly "Konrad" after the spawner of the title, i.e. me. :) –  Konrad Viltersten Sep 17 '12 at 3:45
    
@A.M.K I'd like to take back what I said, I'm actually enjoying my new badges. –  bfavaretto Sep 22 '12 at 3:28
    
I actually didn't see that :$. But, I still don't see why I have seven downvotes, it was an honest suggestion. –  A.M.K Sep 23 '12 at 0:25
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I think it's too soon to start talking about additional incentives since the queue itself it pretty new.

Once more time passes, we can re-evaluate this, but my initial thought is that we also don't want to over reward people. Reviewing, to a certain degree, is something you do because it helps make the site better and not because you get a badge (and then promptly stop reviewing).

I don't recall the numbers anymore, but when the Low Quality queue first went up, it also had tens of thousands of items in it. They were all dealt with in very short order and the queue is now sitting at a cool 1 post. While there will always be new posts from people (or so we hope! :)), once the initial backlog is cleared, I think First Posts should be manageable as well.

The other solution could be to remove everything older than 2 weeks and anything with an answer (they are obviously questions and readable).

Not... necessarily. Well, things with answers are definitely questions, but that doesn't say much about their quality. Skipping posts purely based on age would leave an opportunity for poor posts to go unnoticed and we don't want that.

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On Stack Overflow, the Low Quality queue started somewhere north of 80K items... Oh, and we already skip "first posts" older than 30 days, because at some point it just starts to get ridiculous - I mean, we probably don't need to go heaping more love on Egg's first post. –  Shog9 Sep 17 '12 at 0:33
    
I didn't realize how new the queue was when I asked the question, sorry for "spamming". (Besides that, it was an honest question) –  A.M.K Sep 19 '12 at 0:57
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Right now there are 31,017 first posts by new users that need review, 2,797 of which have been reviewed in all time.

The new /review queues are, well, new. Do you have any evidence that its size has been increasing at an alarming rate? And for the record, the close queue is nearly twice as large.

I think that more and new incentives are needed so that we can get this number down. There are over 696,098 reviews for suggested edits and 139,811 for low quality posts so there are definitely enough reviewers.

Yes, there are enough reviewers, and there's no incentive on the other reviews, so why would there need to be one on this? Just because it's not getting the same attention isn't a reason to incentivize it, figure out why it's not getting the same attention and we'll see about remedying that more directly.

If SO implemented something like 2 reputation for each review, a banner ad on the home page and a blog post then we could probably get the number down to zero. And, once it's there it'll probably stay down.

And we'd get a lot of people just clicking through, doing no good and potentially harm beyond just removing it from the queue for people who would help, just for their free rep. Bad idea.

The other solution could be to remove everything older than 2 weeks and anything with an answer (they are obviously questions and readable).

I think Anna addressed this well enough. Just because it has an answer doesn't mean it's a good (or even acceptable) post. And we shouldn't just let new users or bad posts fall by the wayside just because they're getting older.

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"And we'd get a lot of people just clicking through, doing no good and potentially harm beyond just removing it from the queue for people who would help, just for their free rep. Bad idea." Yes, precisely. –  ben is uǝq backwards Sep 17 '12 at 7:21
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I've been told in (a since heavily-edited) answer to a similar question I've asked that a badge is the way to go. That answer got a bunch of up votes.

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Could you add a link to that question? –  bfavaretto Sep 17 '12 at 3:10
    
@bfavaretto: done –  Chris Gerken Sep 17 '12 at 3:29
    
Do you mean this answer? If so, I think you misunderstood it. Anyway, I don't think we need more badges for review, or that checkbox. –  bfavaretto Sep 17 '12 at 3:42
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