So I've been trying to do my civic duty by reviewing posts. Right now it pretty much goes like this, open the page to review, find "no items to review", then occasionally refresh during the day, most of the time getting "no items to review". At the end I might be lucky enough to review a couple of items per day.
I think a good idea would be the following.
- You go to the review page, click a "I'd like to review" button, then wait. Clicking the button adds you to a queue of people who will review items. While waiting you could leave this tab open and continue using StackExchange.
- When it's your turn to review a polite notification would occur (I think most browsers support some notification now, or you can just use the StackExchange red "!")
- Once the notificiation appears you now have x seconds to press a button that says I'm now reviewing this item.
- If you handle the item great, if not then it gets reviewed by someone else.
- If a person doesn't review they are also automatically removed from reviewers queue and must click the "I'm ready to review" button again to be eligible for more items.
Since the queue is pretty much empty all the time you can also just send the same item to multiple people, which has been suggested as a benefit before anyway, which would make sure the item gets handled promptly even if multiple people are afk.
The primary benefit to this system is mainly that it allows users to do other things while waiting to contribute. But, by making it a friendlier system I think you would find more people would want to contribute (which would allow you to send items to multiple reviewers for extra checking), and it might even help reduce server load by less refresh spamming on the review pages.