Now that the 'First posts' and 'Help & improvement' review queues have been retired, they don't appear in the list of the review queues in the top bar, nor do they appear in the /review page.

However, the pages are still active via /review/first-posts and /review/helper respectively - presumably to allow users to see their stats on them (my links point to Stack Overflow's review pages, but the behaviour is the same on all* Stack Exchange sites).

On the pages, instead of a notice saying that the queues have been retired, there is a confusing message:

You need at least 2147.5m reputation to review first posts.

You need at least 2147.5m reputation to review and edit questions.

Reputation is stored as a signed 32 bit integer, so presumably the exact required reputation is 2^31 - 1 == 2,147,483,647.

Instead of having the message says that I need 2147.5m reputation, perhaps the message should say, e.g.

This review queue has been retired.

or something similar - in addition to having the "Retired" indicator next to the review queue's name.

* Based on a sample size of 3 sites: Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Exchange, and Super User.

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    If this wasn't intentional I'll throw my waffles in the bin. Works fine on AU.
    – Ollie
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 14:46
  • @Ollie - By AU do you mean Ask Ubuntu? If so, when you say "Works fine on AU" do you mean you don't see that message (I do 1, 2)?
    – Wai Ha Lee
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 14:50
  • It's just broken itself. It did work OK, but now...
    – Ollie
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 14:51
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    Even Jon Skeet won't be able to review retired queues.
    – Ollie
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 14:52
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    @Ollie Jon Skeet sees version of the page that uses 16 bit int
    – gnat
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 15:48
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    I wonder what will happen when somebody reaches that amount of reputation and vists those pages… Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 17:56
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    @EkadhSingh-ReinstateMonica They will see a ticket to a month's worth of free waffles.
    – Ollie
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 17:58
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    Just remove that element all together. The retired label on top should be sufficient.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 19:21
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    @Luuklag - I did consider that, but the emptiness would itself be noticed - in any other queue there's always something there, be it a review item, a message saying you've hit your daily limit, that there are no items to review, etc.
    – Wai Ha Lee
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 19:59
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    Have you tried getting that much reputation and seeing if you can review in those queues?
    – Ryan M
    Commented Oct 2, 2021 at 2:06
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    @RyanM You need 6-8 decades of work in order to be able to review those queues.
    – Ghost
    Commented Oct 2, 2021 at 12:14
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    @KevinM.Mansour Then there'd better be some cool stuff behind the requirement. Even more than waffles.
    – Ollie
    Commented Oct 2, 2021 at 22:06
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    @Ollie legend says the first person to review a post in one of those queues will be gifted an unicorn. Commented Oct 2, 2021 at 22:31
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    @EkadhSingh That's extremely unlikely. You need either thousands of years or some sort of inflation for that to happen. But if it did, I would expect SE to have switched to 64-bit integers a long time before that.
    – 41686d6564
    Commented Oct 6, 2021 at 18:43

1 Answer 1


We've just applied a fix for this issue! Basically when a queue was retired, it no longer had a Minimum Reputation set, by default (as greatly pointed out by you!) we set them to int.MaxValue for security reasons.

To fix it, now the "retired status validation" takes precedence over the "minimum reputation validation", and the queue will be displayed as Retired.

Thanks for reporting! We really appreciate the help.

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    So because that's the MaxValue, in theory, Jon Skeet can only get 2147.5 million reputation before it caps?
    – Ollie
    Commented Oct 7, 2021 at 17:51
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    @Ollie for now you are absolutely correct! With that said, as soon as someone looks like they are getting there, we will most likely put a change in the roadmap to upgrade all the storage size pipeline.
    – Felippe Rangel StaffMod
    Commented Oct 8, 2021 at 15:02

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