This is just one more idea for a way to rejuvenate people's interest in the SO CV queue - which, at the time of this writing, is at 84.7k reviews needed.
Some people are working hard to try to drum up more interest in the queue - Robert has a great idea with the proposed contest for close review queue posse. Still, it seems that the big number scares many people off.
What can we do about this? From what I can see, the problem stems primarily from the big number. So let's get rid of the big number! But we can't lie. Lying is bad.
So, I propose that we stop showing the total number of reviews needed all big and bold like that - let's just show the total number of reviews added today minus the number of reviews performed today:
When the community is making progress on the queue, let's show that:
Basically what I'm getting at is some kind of a delta-reviews (delta-R) system - thereby making the big number seem a little less huge.
I'd even be in favor of showing both numbers simultaneously, though this would probably be bordering on too complicated: