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For many graduated sites (eg Physics), moderators do not want to apply the unilateral close vote in all cases--it is better to let some community votes pile on first. We only use the unilateral in obvious cases then.
This renders the CV queue useless to us. If we "skip" something, we can't get back to it. If we say "do not close", it's removed from the queue and our community can't see it. If we use "close", we are using a unilateral mod vote--we don't want to do that.
What I propose is a set of "next/previous" buttons, that let us navigate the queues, looking for closeable questions, and coming back to the others later.
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Due to the recent Great Flag Overhaul, mods no longer see close flags in the flag queue. Which means that the only way to get to them is via the review queue 1
Shog's solution is ideal in this case; let mods view the close queue as a list. (In fact, a list similar to the old flag queue -- which shows a list of mods who have seen the post and what mod actions have already been taken -- would be great)
On Physics, the majority of the flags that we get are VTC flags. And the community isn't always able to close things on their own, so we have to step in. However, powering through the close queue isn't an option; because "skip"ing a post2 leads to it being dumped into the void (I can't get back to it unless I have a link). Extremely inconvenient.
Could the workflow here be improved?
1. The /tools listing for posts with outstanding close votes doesn't work because it doesn't list posts which have been flagged but not VTCd
2. which I may want to take a closer look at later; gotta be careful with the binding votes.