Since "20K+ users can clear out low-quality reviews faster than normal users, as it takes only 3 votes (vs 6 recommendations) to delete posts.", I would like to know how many 20kers actually use delete votes on the queue and how many posts results deleted by the action of 3 20kers users in the queue, and possibly how many 20kers votes result lost due the post being deleted by 6 normal "recommend deletion" actions.

  • Not a direct answer, but since 00:00 UTC about 50 flags have been handled by moderators out of a total of about 300 flags
    – Flexo
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 3:27
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    There's evidence that people eventually experience reviewing fatigue or just plain SE fatigue after a while so I would not be surprised if we find a comparatively low participation.
    – Louis
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 14:37
  • Related: WP: Downvote to cast delete votes
    – kenorb
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 17:40

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With no data offered by Stack Exchange so far, I tried using science. The query "gaps in review task Ids" provides potential candidates for LQ review deletions. After some clicking I obtained a sample of 20 LQ reviews that resulted in deletion of answer, from two sites: Stack Overflow and Mathematics. Invalidated reviews (e.g., post deleted by a mod) were excluded.

Stack Overflow

Sample of 20 LQ reviews from Nov. 12-13. Data in the format [Delete votes / Total of Delete and Recommend Deletion]

1/6 * 2/6

Out of 120 Del&recDel votes, 20 were Delete votes. None of them made a difference in the process: the delete votes had the same effect as if they were 2000-rep user's Recommend Deletion votes.


Sample of 20 LQ reviews from Nov. 13-15. Format as above.


Out of 120 Del&recDel votes, 29 were Delete votes. On 3 occasions, three delete votes were cast, resulting in 20K-deletion instead of review-deletion. However, even on those occasions the total of Delete+RecDelete was 6, which means that none of the 29 delete votes sped up the process in any way.


Assuming the above sample is representative, the LQ review queue wastes virtually all of the delete votes of 20K users that are cast within the review.


Replace "Delete" with "Recommend Deletion" for all users. This will save the allotted delete votes of 20K users, leaving more of them for deletion of questions (and of answers not found in the review).

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    Technical remark: most of the links produced by the SEDE query give 404 because those Ids correspond to some other type of review for which the corresponding post has been deleted.
    – user259867
    Commented Nov 16, 2014 at 9:46

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