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I'm messing around with Data Explorer and having some trouble getting results that match the Stack Overflow close vote queue size displayed on /review.

The review page says the current queue size is ~94.9k.

In Data Explorer, here is a query to show distribution of close vote counts for all questions that are not already closed:

CloseVotes Frequency 
---------- --------- 
1          29959     
2          15805     
3          7691      
4          1611      
5          39        

And, here is a similar query, but for all posts, even already closed ones:

CloseVotes Frequency 
---------- --------- 
1          93967     
2          47332     
3          27496     
4          17330     
5          184734   

My expectation is that the sum of 1-4 in the first query (i.e. the number of open questions with less than 5 close votes) would be 94.9k -- the size of the queue. It's actually 55,066.

Obviously I've got something wrong here, but I'm not sure what:

  • I have the wrong idea of what the close queue is, or
  • I made a mistake in my queries (e.g. does a null CloseDate mean the post is open?), or
  • Maybe I didn't make a mistake and the /review queue size is incorrect, but I doubt it.

What is going on?

Also, I have a couple other incidental questions:

  • How are there 39 questions with 5 close votes but that aren't closed?
  • This query shows 240470 closed questions, but the difference in totals between the above to queries is 315754. How is that possible?
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I want to add a few more things (sorry I hope the very last question about the 240470 vs 315754 makes sense, I realize it's underexplained) but my laptop battery strongly disagrees. – Jason C Nov 21 '13 at 9:17
Questions with high votes need more close votes AFAIK. – juergen d Nov 21 '13 at 9:17
The review queue sometimes also shows posts which were flagged by some other users(?). I've seen quite a few of such questions. – hjpotter92 Nov 21 '13 at 9:20
Yes, some flags put questions up for review. – Emrakul Nov 21 '13 at 9:30
If it helps anyone, I requested that actual review tasks be added to the DE. – michaelb958 Nov 21 '13 at 11:03
So, based on the comments here, the reason that I am seeing less in my query than in reality is because I am not including questions that are flagged but have 0 close votes so far. Am I understanding that correctly? I always thought flagging a question to be closed sent the question to a special moderator review queue instead of the community close review queue -- is that not the case? – Jason C Nov 23 '13 at 4:48
@JasonC those go to the queue, yes - under certain circumstances they go to Moderators IIRC. There's simply too much volume for them all to go straight to the mods. – Nick Craver Dec 5 '13 at 11:49
The 39 questions with 5 votes are put on hold i think – Jehof Dec 5 '13 at 11:52
The data explorer is missing some of the close vote data right now since it's stored in a different table. Shog9 has a feature-request up to address this:…. – Adam Dec 6 '13 at 21:58

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