A nice feature to bring down the Close votes review queue could be the ability to filter questions by the number of close votes they already received.

This way I could filter questions with 4 close votes already, which are (theoretically) much more likely to be a candidate for closing than a question with only 1 close vote. This would prioritize questions that more people found not fitting the format to get closed faster.


  • I believe the selection for questions to show you in the queue already favours questions with the most close votes. – Matt Feb 20 '14 at 9:59
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    It could also encourage robo-reviews, with everyone assuming that if it has 4 votes already they might as well be closed even if they're not all that familiar with the question. – PeterJ Feb 20 '14 at 10:00
  • @PeterJ - Robo reviews are already encouraged by the badges you receive for reviewing. Infact that seems to be the main reason behind it. – easwee Feb 20 '14 at 10:04
  • @Matt Didn't know that - in the close reason dialog it often shows just 1 close vote. – easwee Feb 20 '14 at 10:05
  • @easwee: I can't guarantee this is the behaviour... I'm just very confident that I've seen this behaviour described somewhere! I'd try find a link, but I'm posting from mobile! Like I said... IIRC, it only favours posts... you'll still get the odd one thrown in... also, if you're using filters and tags etc, this will also affect the order of posts you get presented with. – Matt Feb 20 '14 at 10:07
  • @easwee: scratch that. Google foo still works from a phone; meta.stackexchange.com/questions/194515/… – Matt Feb 20 '14 at 10:11
  • @Matt Thanks for info. That question kinda summarizes my other thoughts about the review queue. – easwee Feb 20 '14 at 10:19

On the other hand, you want to leave open some posts that don't necessarily have 4+ downvotes, don't you?

I think you should be reviewing each post regardless of the upvotes/downvotes it has, this is not always an indication on whether a post should be or shouldn't be closed.

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