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Since I discovered the review functionality, once in a while I have a look in and try to give my contribution in doing review tasks.

Generally, there are from 0 to max. 10 First Posts, which can be reviewed. However, as I had a look yesterday, there were 1.2k new posts.

Now I was just wondering how this could happen. As I assume that at any time there are many users ready to do review tasks, I don't think that suddenly 1.2k new users posted a question. Was there a kind of error in the queue (which I assume is existing), or some server issue, or am I not even allowed to ask/know this?

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There is a threshold for the maximum age of the posts. This threshold is increased once in a while resulting in a sudden increase in the review queue.

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Doesn't that only apply to Late Answers? – Asad Saeeduddin Dec 11 '12 at 11:09
@Asad no, see for example: Why did the low quality posts review queue suddenly jump to 21k – gnat Dec 11 '12 at 11:12

There was a small problem yesterday when no posts showed up for several hours. Then, suddenly...

See Is the `First Posts` queue full on SO?

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