Currently the review queue is huge and seems quite opaque - we have no idea what is in there! The goal of this proposal is to make the queue more transparent, and to give the reviewer more control. My thought is that this proposal is not a replacement for the existing review queue, but rather something that complements it. I should note that both the existing review process and my proposed process can share the same underlying question close "queue" (the data storage).
The implementation for the proposal borrows from the existing site UI - it just adds another tab called "Close". I've taken a few ideas from the meta site (including this question) and incorporated them into this new tab. Since the tab deals with close questions, only users with greater than 3,000 points should be able to see it.
Some notes for each of the red boxes in the above image:
A) As you can see, this is similar to how the existing tabs display their questions. What is displayed are all questions that have been nominated for closing. Note that the number of close votes for the question is displayed in the orange box to the left of the question.
Sorting would be based on the age of the first close vote of each question. Questions when nominated for closing are placed at the end of the queue, and are displayed on the last page. As additional questions are nominated, the existing ones are pushed towards the front of the queue and thus shown on the front page. The intent with this is to put aged questions on the front page, giving them attention.
As with the existing tabs, questions are highlighted or de-emphasized depending on the tags; also, the display will highlight questions based on the selected close reasons (right side of screen). Clicking on the question title would take the user to the existing question close review screen. From there, the user can vote to close the question or leave it open.
B) This is the number of questions currently nominated for closing.
C) Favorite tags - questions are highlighted based on these. Clicking a tag will cause only questions in that tag to be displayed.
D) Ignored tags - questions are de-emphasized based on these.
E) Close reason - questions are highlighted based on these. I'm sure a designer can come up with a better UI for this. I just lifted it out of the current review filter popup. Perhaps there can be a parallel to the tags - allowing users to have favorites and ignored close reasons.
F) This is the navigation (paging) for the close questions. This allows users to work on questions that were recently put on the queue (on the last page), on questions that are about to expire (on the front page), or any time in between.
As the questions on the front page expire, they are taken out of the queue. Currently questions are taken out of the review queue depending on one of these reasons:
- A question is closed by 5 voters
- A question is viewed a certain number of times
I would like to propose a 3rd rule. I think questions should also be aged out of the queue (expired) based on time. This has been proposed by others as well, such as here. I think we should age out a question that has been in the queue for longer than 6 months (perhaps a year, exact time to be determined). It is unlikely that a question will be closed after this amount of time - why not just take it out of the queue? At the same time, the close votes from the expiring question should be removed.
Changes to the current review queue
The existing review process would not have to change much at all. The only thing I might suggest is to have the most recently nominated questions for close be reviewed first. (I am unsure, but I think this may already be happening.) This would focus the current review process on newer questions, allowing those questions to get an initial close review.
- The new tab makes the closed question queue more transparent - it allows people to focus on new questions, old questions, or any time in between.
- It allows people to focus on certain tags or question close reasons
- The front page of the "Close" tab puts the focus on those questions that are about to expire.
- Questions are not in the queue for an infinite amount of time - this gets rid of questions that are likely to never be closed.