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I was wondering if there was any change made to the Close Votes system? The number of unresolved reviews in the queue is day from day lower and lower.

I noticed that a few days ago, because it is abnormal that this queue is slowly shortening instead of growing. I don't have any proof but I remember seeing at least 101.1k reviews in the queue and now it is 100.1k and I would not be surprised to see it back at 99k tomorrow.

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    I don't know what has changed, but I love it :-) – John Dvorak Dec 19 '13 at 10:23
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    Timing of the decrease correlates with the introduction of HATS. More people doing reviews and flagged posts getting much more attention. – laalto Dec 19 '13 at 10:43
  • Maybe its because of Winterbash and Hats? – Jehof Dec 19 '13 at 10:45
  • This was also my first thought, but Close Votes require 3k reputation, right? Not so much users has that many rep. – Ondrej Janacek Dec 19 '13 at 10:46
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    My guess is that the review tasks are now sorted by the number of votes left to be cast. It would be great! – John Dvorak Dec 19 '13 at 10:47
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As discussed on chat by

Anna Lear

http://chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/1683278#1683278

and Shog9

http://chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/1683356#1683356

in the Tavern,

I would call it an issue with an operational side to it...

Don't forget to join the SO Close vote reviewers where we keep an eye on the close vote queue

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    Nobody calls it a bug. – Ondrej Janacek Dec 19 '13 at 11:36
  • @OndrejJanacek corrected... – rene Dec 19 '13 at 11:37
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    9k aging, 5k droped, we may watch the reverse trend now on Meta: "Why is the queue less than 90k, why less than 70k?" – brasofilo Dec 19 '13 at 11:40
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    @brasofilo ...and, finally, an announcement like "Close Votes review: I'm going on a strikebreaking!", scored +112/-27 – gnat Dec 19 '13 at 12:22
  • Wait, so what was the change? – Kerrek SB Dec 23 '13 at 2:46
  • @KerrekSB AFAIK the close vote aging script didn't run... – rene Dec 23 '13 at 7:21

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