I know this question is going to make me unpopular here – but I feel I have no other options.
I have been concerned by the size of the close votes review queue for quite a while.
When I started reviewing (less than a year ago) this queue already had ~30K questions pending review. Time passes and the queue only gets bigger. It is close to 95K now and increasing all the time.
This queue size issue has troubled many users, that raised flags, proposed changes and asked questions. Yet it seems like SO dev team is doing close to nothing to handle this pressing matter.
Therefore, I see no other option but to go on a strike: I will not review any close vote question until a serious effort will be made by SO dev team to address the close vote queue size issue.
Where do you stand on this matter?
Making this question more concrete:
The vote-to-close queue size has actually two issues:
- A one-time effort to bring its size to (or very close to) zero.
- A long-lasting solution that will reverse the trend of more questions entering the queue than leaving it, thus keeping this queue at manageable size.
Without addressing the second issue, any solution that covers only the first one will be only a temporary patch and will not last long.
Edit/Update: I do not ask SO dev team to drop everything they are doing and work 24/7 on this issue. However, I do expect to get some long-term attention of the team: to take the time to implement one (or even several) solution(s) and follow up on them to see if they have the right impact.
What's up? (Dec 3rd,2013)
I started my strike two weeks ago with queue size ~95K. Today it hit 100K!
A lot of words were written (and put on hold/marked as duplicate) questions were asked, answers were given - but we see little action actually taking place to reverse this worrying trend, the steady growth of the close-vote review queue.
So, I see no reason to quit my strike just yet...
A note regarding marking this post as duplicate:
Well, I looked into this question, apparently it is also a duplicate of this question. All these questions were asked to raise the flag "Hey, we SO users are CONCERNED by the HUGE queue size". Since no significant change has been made, and the queue is just getting longer, this red flag needs to be raised OVER and OVER again. Closing these questions only sends the message "we don't care about this issue" – which judging by the lively discussion here is not the message you want to send.
So please, consider not closing this question as a duplicate of those questions.