I just got enough points to review some basic lists. I noticed that the Close Votes queue is 83.6K while the rest of the queues are very close to 0 at all times.
I see that this has been asked before here:
These posts point to the answer The queue is full of items that have close votes but not yet have 100 views. Close votes only expire if the post has had enough views;
Since those were asked about 4 months ago the queue has risen about 30K. So at least from appearances it looks like the issue is still getting worse.
I'm not sure I understand the details of the implementation, but would it stand to reason that to lower the queue you should.
- lower the number of views required before the close votes expire.
- lower the number of close votes that can be cast in a day.