It's really great that we can view review posts by looking at different orderings, including random and non-random. When you turn off random ordering, though, the ordering defaults to most-votes first, or at least it is for me. This is very unlikely to be the ordering that is most useful for finding the posts that need cleaning up: the best new posts (as determined by voting) are shown first, and if you reverse the ordering, you see the ones that other people have already downvoted and/or flagged as spam.

I always end up switching the ordering to "Newest first". In my experience this is the view that turns up the most posts needing flagging, editing or otherwise cleaning up.

I would like to suggest that "Newest first" be the default non-random ordering in the review views.


It's not a built in solution, but you could create a bookmark to the review page, pre-configured the way you like it.

Taking the settings from Lance's answer as an example:

  • Now we just need a GM script to have that replace the code behind the Review link. – Lance Roberts Oct 30 '11 at 2:49

That would be nice, right now I have 3 clicks to make every time I go to the review page:

1) At bottom of page, click on disable random ordering
2) After refresh, at bottom of page click on boxed-50 (on SO)
3) After refresh, a little ways down page, click on Newest first

What would solve all this clicking is sticky settings, but your idea would save one click per review session.

  • I got sick of constantly having to scroll to be bottom just to disable random ordering, so I hacked together a userscript to bring the sort options to the top of the page. See meta.stackexchange.com/q/113590/134327 – Shawn Chin Nov 25 '11 at 12:37
  • Actually, they fixed this problem and now the settings are sticky. – Lance Roberts Nov 25 '11 at 18:35
  • Yes, but the stickiness is lost once you enter the suggested-edits tab :( – Shawn Chin Nov 25 '11 at 18:43

This has since been done with the new functionality and interface for reviewing. I certainly find it more useful, and judging by the reduced amount of rubbish that I actually need to flag and the greater amount of reviewing activity generally it has been very successful.

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