Currently, the review number does not serve to alert me about review tasks I can perform, only that there are review tasks outstanding. I am already aware that this is a known issue, so I am not here to describe it, as that has been
and I am very open to hearing why my proposal (below) is a bad idea.
The problem with this setup is that I never know when I should click on the reviews to actually perform a task for the community. I would like to formally request that this be changed. The current number of total reviews in process should be moved to the tools tab, with the other non-actionable data. The navbar is simply too much the nervecenter of the user experience to hold onto non-actionable data.
Making this change would accomplish two things: (a) not driving moderators crazy, and (b) getting items that actually need review to be reviewed much faster. We've already developed a rather Pavlovian response to the navbar - this little tweak could alter the speed of review across the whole site.