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Today a moderator reviewed 60 close votes:

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But the daily limit is 40. Is it just moderators who can do this? And why are they allowed to review 20 more?

I have checked this question, but it does not mention anything about reviewing more tasks.

Or is Bill special ;).

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As a moderator Bill can close as many questions as he wants. The close votes review queue is so huge that I'm glad he does this :-). – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 9 '13 at 22:50
I go over 40 on a pretty regular basis. I'm surprised it took as long as it did for anyone to notice. :) – Bill the Lizard Jun 9 '13 at 23:23
@BilltheLizard :) – TerryA Jun 9 '13 at 23:23
@BilltheLizard Oh I'd say more than a few of us notice! :) – nickhar Jun 9 '13 at 23:33
I understand that moderators also get use of the corporate jet and keys to the executive bathroom. – Hovercraft Full Of Eels Jun 9 '13 at 23:52
The close vote review queue is mind-numbingly dull to work through so I think @BilltheLizard is doing a great job. A further question for Bill: the close votes would be immediately binding (due to being a diamond mod), but what about when you choose to leave it open? Is that also binding or does the question stay in the queue? – slugster Jun 10 '13 at 3:43
@slugster I'm not sure. I just chose "leave open" on a question that had 4 close votes, then when I refreshed the question they were still there. (This was just for testing. I then closed the question.) I don't know if that means the question would stay in the queue for other people to review or not. – Bill the Lizard Jun 10 '13 at 4:11
@slugster AFAIK “leave open” removes the question from the close queue, and starts the 4-day expiration ticker on the close votes. Moderators cannot erase the existing close votes (though they can simulate that by closing and reopening immediately after). – Gilles Jun 10 '13 at 10:02
@Gilles Cheers for that, good to know for when I dive into the review queue. – slugster Jun 10 '13 at 12:21
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Moderators don't have a limit for the number of questions they can close, nor a limit for the number of the questions they can review in the close review queue. I checked, and what reported in that queue is effectively the number of questions closed through the queue; it doesn't include the questions closed directly from the question page.

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Great, thanks :) – TerryA Jun 9 '13 at 22:51

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