In the dropdown for review, we sometimes have an indicator (red circle) showing that there are many reviews - and that this particular review queue needs attention.

The thresholds are mentioned in this post: How does the review-needed indicator work exactly? (current revisions). But this post was created before the queue for First Posts was split into First Answers and First Questions. (This was announced in August 2021: Review queue workflows - Final release.)

  • What are the thresholds for this indicator in the First Answers and First Questions review queues?
  • Are the other numbers in Jon Ericson's answer above still valid? (Have they been changed since then?)
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    I decided to ask about this after seeing this question on Mathematics Meta: Why red instead of grey in review queue? The question seems a bit unclear to me - but since the screenshot shows "First questions" as an example, I wanted at least check what is supposed to be threshold there - and then I found out that these review queues are not listed in the relevant thread: How does the review-needed indicator work exactly?
    – Martin
    Commented Aug 19, 2022 at 8:25
  • Those are tuned per site, so What are the thresholds for this indicator might return an answer with all 182 sites and their meta, right?
    – rene
    Commented Aug 19, 2022 at 10:12
  • @rene Isn't this different only on "small" sites - with some (big) sites having the same default values? At least this is the impression after a cursory reading of this: Experiment: Review-needed indicator logic for sites that sometimes have empty queues and What criteria should we use to determine which review queue indicator a site will have? (But I have to admit that before your message I did not consider possibility that different sites have different values.)
    – Martin
    Commented Aug 19, 2022 at 11:26
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    Yeah, I expect there to be reasonable defaults to be set by the CM team. But I know Shog9 tweaked that setting on this very site because the defaults weren't working out as intended. So I don't expect that each site has its own setting but there isn't a single threshold either. We wait and see what Animuson or a CM has to tell about this.
    – rene
    Commented Aug 19, 2022 at 11:33
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    @rene For the most part, the sites are one of the three default levels. It's something that's been on my mind to work more on customizing per-site because (as you might be able to tell from some of the questions Martin linked) I'm not super happy with the existing solution :P But we need a lot more data to figure out the right indicator levels.
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 19, 2022 at 14:48

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The current default thresholds for these review queues are 5 for First Posts, and 5 for First Answers. (Which I suppose makes sense, since each of those queues ostensibly has half as many items now.)

The other defaults are the same as listed in that post – aside from the fact that the Help & Improvement queue no longer exists.

(And of course, these are just the default values; they may be different on individual sites.)

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