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tl;dr Show us how many review items are left matching a filter.

With the unusually high number of items in the close vote review queue, it is kind of getting demoralizing to review them (which doesn't help!)

Why is it demoralizing? You don't feel like you're making a difference!

To combat this psychological problem with reviews, I suggest that we show, to the number, how many review items are left when filtering the queue.

For example, when I am reviewing close votes tagged with [xcode], it would be nice to see exactly how many items are left - and see a reduction when I cast that fifth vote on an item.

It would also make the big number on the /review page seem less huge. I could say, 'Hey! Only 445 Xcode items left! That's down from yesterday! I can make a difference!'

Ultimately, Stack Exchange operates on people wanting to help. If we can show people (or at least make them think) that they are making a difference, they will want to help more. Simple.

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But would it be more demoralizing to find out the queue is growing faster than you're handling it? –  FDinoff Jul 5 '13 at 23:08
    
@Fdinoff That's why you only show it when it's being filtered :) –  Undo Jul 5 '13 at 23:13
    
Completely agree with this. I stopped even trying to do the close vote queue because it gives me very little sense of satisfaction; it feels like I'm not even making a dent. Giving some sort of positive progress indication would be enough to get me reviewing those again. –  Ben Lee Jul 12 '13 at 0:43
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