I've noticed that the number of reviews required to remove a post from a queue varies. For example, to accept/reject a suggested edit, you need two votes of the same kind. If the votes are conflicting, the number goes higher. This seems to be the case for the other queues as well. (Additionally, I think that a mod-review is binding)

So, my question is: what are the criteria for a post to be removed from the various queues?

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    Don't suggested edit simply need 2 agreeing votes on all sites, expect SO where it is 3? – Bart Jan 19 '13 at 17:29
  • @Bart: Yeah, I think that's the case. But I'd like to know about the other queues as well. – Manishearth Jan 19 '13 at 17:31
  • What I know is: moderator review actions are binding :P – slhck Jan 19 '13 at 17:37
  • @slhck: yay! moar powaz for me! – Manishearth Jan 19 '13 at 17:39

All Review Tasks

  • One moderator action - the moderator's review will be the binding, final outcome
  • Post is deleted[1]
  • Post is locked

Close Votes

  • Three "Leave Open" reviews
  • One "Edit" review
  • Post gets closed
  • All close votes and recommend closure flags on the question either expire or are retracted

Reopen Votes

  • Three "Leave Closed" reviews
  • Post gets reopened
  • All reopen votes on the question expire

Suggested Edits

  • Two "Approve" reviews
  • Two "Reject" reviews
  • One review from the post author
  • Community user making a review:
  • The post is rolled back
  • The tag no longer exists (tag wiki edits only)

Low Quality Posts

  • Six "Recommend Deletion" or "Delete" reviews for answers (four on Stack Overflow)
    • Note that three "Delete" reviews (by trusted users) will already delete the post regardless of review queue logic, and therefore remove the post from the queue (see "All Review Tasks" above)
  • Six "Recommend Close" or "Close" reviews for questions (not on Stack Overflow; those go to Triage instead)
  • One "Edit" review
  • "Looks OK" reviews: a default number set by the site (2 on Stack Overflow, 1 on other sites), plus the number of pending "very low quality" and "not an answer" flags cast by users.
    • For example, if there are no active flags (i.e. the post was added to the queue due to failing the system's quality test), a single "Looks OK" review will dismiss it on most sites (two reviews on Stack Overflow). However, if there are three "very low quality" flags cast by users, four "Looks OK" reviews are required to dismiss it (five on Stack Overflow).
    • This check considers the current state of flags, so if a new flag is cast while the post is still being reviewed, an additional "Looks OK" review will be required to dismiss it.
  • The post gets closed
  • The post is edited outside of the review UI and the new revision passes the system's quality test

First Posts and Late Answers

  • One "No Action Needed" review
  • One reviewer performs an action and clicks "I'm Done"

Triage - source

  • Three reviews of the same type

Help & Improvement - source

  • One "Edit" action
  • One "very low quality" action

[1]: With the exception of the Suggested Edits queue, though this can be considered to be a .

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    +1 for summary. I didn't know that only single action is required for first posts or late answers. Is it really so little - no consensus needed? – Danubian Sailor Dec 1 '13 at 16:31
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    @ŁukaszL. Yep, but we're fighting it. – animuson Dec 1 '13 at 16:32
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    Technically First Posts and Late Answers require both an action and a click on "Done"... the amount of times I've accidentally clicked "skip" :-). – ben is uǝq backwards Mar 26 '14 at 14:45
  • Shall we make it explicit that "Skip" is not an action? – iBug Oct 8 '17 at 16:34
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    If a post is in both First Posts and Late Answers, how do actions from one queue affect the other? (I believe the same reviewer won't see it in the second one after handling it in the first, but does that affect anybody else?) – Monica Cellio Oct 8 '17 at 18:09

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