So far, I thought that the number shown in the orange box in the top-bar was the number of items available for review. However, when I acually visit /review, the numbers don't match:

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Note that top-bar shows 15 items (?) but the queues only add up to 8.

Since I can't think of a reason for this being by design (which, as experience shows, is not a good indicator for "this is not an SE feature) I'm tentatively labelling this a (UI) bug.

  • It counts skipped reviews, and it's also slightly cached.
    – hichris123
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 21:25
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    The fix for this "bug" is to hide the distracting/useless orange thingie with a CSS rule, and use some userscript instead.
    – user259867
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 21:36
  • @wordsthatendinGRY: Yea, that's going to be easier on the servers... ;) (Thanks for the link, though.)
    – Raphael
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 21:37
  • Huh, faulty by design. :(
    – Raphael
    Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 9:11
  • That may be easier on the servers, paradoxically. Because few people will install the userscript, and those are exactly the people who do a lot of reviewing. Whereas the alternative is serving custom numbers to everyone with review privilege, which for the most part is useless expense: most users don't bother to review.
    – user259867
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 19:29
  • On the busy sites it only serves as a one-click access method to Review, since it always has numbers, so the information has no meaning or need. Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 19:29

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It won't, at least not always. The review indicator in the top-bar is not calculated on a per-user basis, but on a per-site basis. The counts in the review queue itself are calculated on a per-user basis. The top-bar indicator also won't always be accurate because it's cached.

There are several things that could cause an item to not show up for you in review, but still show up in the total per-site count. It could be that you've already reviewed the item and it's still waiting to be completed, you could have skipped it, or you could have previously taken action on the post in question that prevents you from being able to review it.

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    So, worst-case scenario (which may not be too unlikely on smaller sites) is, user sees "reviews!", clicks, finds nothing to do. Thus we might train them to not click, which is counter-productive. Can we at least only show the bubble if there is any work to do? (We can even drop the number if it's meaningless anyway.) I don't see how doing this (even the exact count) is much more expensive than aggregating all the other user-specific data in the top bar.
    – Raphael
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 21:39
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    Another possibility, depending on how active the site is, that between you seeing the icon and deciding to act on it, other already handled a number of reviews.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 22:25
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    Any plans to fix that? Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 20:18
  • it can be fixed.. right?
    – manshu
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 15:21
  • @manshu There is nothing to fix, it is working as it is designed to work.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 15:23
  • but it's annoying to find nothing to review when the indicator indicates that "3 total posts awaiting review"
    – manshu
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 15:25

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