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When coming from the review queues page to a specific queue, which may be empty, the message "There are no items for you to review." is presented.

I do not believe many SO users realize they can simply refresh a specific review page and be potentially presented with a new item to review. I suspect many users go back to the review queues page, which contains cached counts that are potentially inaccurate, and refresh it instead.

I suggest changing the empty review queue message to something which indicates that refreshing the page may provide the user with a new item to review; though I am unsure what the new text should be as anything I can think of seems too unwieldy.


  • There are no items for you to review; try refreshing the page.

Suggestions welcomed as comments or answers, though more preferably I'd like feedback regarding the act of actually appending a note (any note) to suggest refreshing.

Of note to those who are concerned about robo-reviewers, adding this note would actually aid those of us who are manual reviewers by making it easier for us to find items to review. Robo-reviewers already know about refreshing.

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How about "There are currently no items for you to review. You can try refreshing the page." :) – Sai Jul 2 '13 at 15:14

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Even better than a note that refreshing is possible, might be something like

There are no items for you to review. You can come back later, or click here to check again.

It reminds tech-savvy users that they can just reload the page to get anything new, and at the same time it gives less tech-savvy users a nice simple button to push.

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How about

There were no items for you to review; a refresh might help.

The other that we need to consider is that not everything is SO/F/U. The people over at ELU aren't exactly the most tech-savvy. Therefore, we need to be carefully how we word things. Using words like 'cache' and millisecond time stamps probably aren't recommended.

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Thanks, but At your last refresh, there were no items for you to review. seems too backwards in presentation. Of course, I'm not the final authority here. :-) – JoshDM Jul 2 '13 at 15:11
@Josh How's that? – Undo Jul 2 '13 at 15:15
There were no items for you to review; a refresh might help.; so they should go to the fridge and get a soda? :-) – JoshDM Jul 2 '13 at 15:16
@Josh Only the ELU people might think that :) – Undo Jul 2 '13 at 15:17

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