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When I went to the review overview on Meta on 08.01.2015, 19:16, it listed two open items in the suggested-edits queue, however when I clicked on the queue, I was told that the queue had been cleared. When I went back to the review overview, however, the edits were there again.

Since the icons for recent reviews had not moved, I suppose that these were still the same two items waiting for review, and since phenomenon lasted for half an hour now, I would rule out caching or locked edits to be the reason for this.

After a while, the phenomenon ceased, with one new reviewer popping up in the icon list of recent reviewers.

I had not performed or skipped any suggested-edit review from the queue at that point.

obligatory screenshot with free-hand markings

A similar phenomenon occurred for several hours up to 11.04.2015, 11:05: The review overview showed two suggested edits and when I went to the suggested-edits queue, it was cleared. Sometimes, edits that I could review appeared, but two phantom edits remained.

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    Suggested edits are being locked when someone is reviewing them and can be accessed only with direct link. (for five minutes or so, I think) – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Jan 8 '15 at 15:54
  • @ShadowWizard: I am aware of this and mention it in the question now as another possibility that I ruled out (it’s three minutes by the way). – Wrzlprmft Jan 8 '15 at 15:58
  • possible duplicate of Wrong posts number on Review section – CRABOLO Jan 8 '15 at 19:05
  • @bluet: That does not explain the timescales, I observed. – Wrzlprmft Jan 8 '15 at 19:16
  • Did you recently suggest an edit, like for a tag wiki, that you can't review yourself (because it's your edit)? ....the same thing happened to me today, with the review number on top of the page, after I suggested a tag wiki edit. – Shokhet Jan 8 '15 at 22:47
  • @Shokhet: No, I didn’t. – Wrzlprmft Jan 8 '15 at 23:36
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    Actually, I just edited another tag wiki -- the number shows up in the top bar, but not on the review queue page, so my theory is wrong anyway. – Shokhet Jan 9 '15 at 1:12
  • @Wrzlprmft I can see it now - been happening for an hour(?) now... (but I +1'd ages ago!) – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Apr 11 '15 at 11:16
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If I'm not mistaken, these might be edits you don't have access to.

The Approve Tag Wiki Edits privilege is available at 5k rep, but access to the edit review queue is available at 2k.

So, these edits might be two tag wiki edits.

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    That may indeed be, but then it’s really strange that I never encountered this phenomenon on other sites where I am between 2k and 5k reputation (or their Beta equivalents). – Wrzlprmft Jan 8 '15 at 19:22
  • Also, this would still be an undesirable behaviour. – Wrzlprmft Jan 8 '15 at 19:39
  • both of those reviews turn up on the suggested edits queue, so there has to be something – Shevliaskovic Jan 8 '15 at 21:47
  • That's most likely the case, there were quite a few tag wiki suggested edits here on MSE today. /cc @Wrzlprmft – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 12 '15 at 19:44
  • @ShadowWizard: That matches with me observing the issue right now again with 4 suggested edits. – Wrzlprmft Apr 12 '15 at 19:53

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