A long time ago1 in a galaxy far, far away (or certainly very far from the one I inhabit) three users were so desperate to get their silver Reviewer badge for the Late Answers review queue2 that they upvoted spam3.
This wasn't just any spam; this was spam that is so old the link doesn't even work.
I got really quite frustrated about this; luckily I was going out last night and had to stop writing the first draft of this post4.
The answer in question (10k only) had been placed into the Late Answers review queue, along with another spam post (10k only) by this same user as part of the drip feeding of old posts into the queue. The first review is the one that really annoyed me; but the second also got an upvote (before thankfully being downvoted again).
It's widely believed that the current review queues are broken. When you either believe a system is broken, or are unable to determine whether this is so, it's irrational to continue using it when you don't have to. As there's no need to place all the old late answers into the review queue let's stop.
Before yesterday this was a perfectly harmless spam answer, with a dead link, on an unconstructive question. No one would have paid it the slightest attention. It would now be a fairly highly upvoted answer, indicating community approval of the seems-to-be non-existent product, if I hadn't been there staring open-mouthed in horror as the upvotes piled in5..
So, can we please stop feeding the "trolls" and put no more old answers into the Late Answers review queue until a way of making the queues work well has been devised.
This feature request is not to propose a solution to any real or perceived problems with the queues, but to stop the problem getting needlessly worse until these problems have been fixed.
If no more old answers to old questions are placed in the queue then there is less chance of things like the above happening.
2. Okay, okay, one already has it. Don't spoil the story...
3. A quick note on why I count this as spam. A user joined Stack Overflow. They posted one answer (10k only) in the same minute they joined and a second (10k only) 6 minutes later. Both answers linked to the same product (dead link). The user was never seen again.
4. The draft I woke up to was a rant about banning all low reputation users from upvoting in a review queue. Not a good idea.
5. I had run out of everything but moderator flags so want to thank Brad for closing the question and deleting the answers so quickly.