Provide access to a single page which acts similar to each individual review queue page (First Posts, Late Answers, LQP, Suggested Edits, etc.). When accessed, this single page will present to the user the next qualifying reviewable item from any accessible review queue. Specific review queues can be removed from the query process by checking a box at the top of the page. Access to the page could be locked for inexperienced (low reputation or low review count) users.
Problems inherent in this approach and their related solutions are addressed below.
Based on feedback from my prior request asking to present the review counts when a particular review queue becomes invalid, I was informed of a certain tactic:
- open each individual review queue in a separate tab
- refresh each tab until a reviewable item appears or the quota is met
This "power reviewer process" likely creates unnecessary traffic for the website and requires more work from the reviewing user.
By providing a single page presenting any qualifying review,
- potentially reduce site usage
- reduce window management from "power reviewers"
- provide a tool for all reviewers
- reduce the number of clicks and page views needed to review when a "non-power reviewer" hits a queue end (empty queue or quota met)
Drawbacks (and solutions)
Knowledge of Review Type
The obvious drawback is the user needs to to know which type of review is being presented. This is already remedied on the individual queues by having the type of review at the top left of the page. With the consolidated page, the review type text could be provided with more emphasis. Additionally, by accessing this page, the user should be experienced enough to know what to look for. Page access could be potentially locked until a user passes a particular review or reputation threshold.
Forced to Review Undesired Queues
Another drawback would be the notion the reviewer is being forced to review items he wouldn't want to review (Close Votes instead of say, Low Quality Posts). It is likely these particular reviewers are out for Badges!, which isn't as necessarily helpful as reviewing in general. Access to the existing individual queues will not be removed. An additional enhancement to the single page could be to have a set of checkboxes at the top of the page, allowing only for specific types of reviews to be presented.
A third drawback would be the desire of a user preference for the order of the reviews presented. Low Quality Posts are much less frequent than Suggested Edits (and therefore are more "valuable" to badge-seekers). Reviews presented could be sorted either by age (likely the site moderator preference), observed rarity (LQP > LA > FP > SE > CV), or user-specific rarity (ordered based on the lowest number of reviews conducted by the user for each type).
While this tool may inadvertently benefit the so-called robo-reviewers by making it easier for all users to not have to work as hard to locate items to review, preventing robo-reviewers is not the intent of this proposal and should be delegated to other questions. Existing solutions to robo-reviewers include the page load delay. I would assume other prevention tactics include behavior analysis: (1) tracking their suggested edit approve/reject rate in comparison with the resulting approval/rejection, (2) confirming if there is any modification of their behavior patterns during their review process.