Recently, even though I checked the site several times, the edit queue on Stack Overflow was often full. Then finally, I was able to click on "edit", but by the time I had entered my edit the queue was already full again and I couldn't submit it. With the queue being full this often, am I expected to check the site all the time in order to actually be able to submit an edit suggestion? Especially if even if I managed to click on it I have to be quick in order to even be able to submit my edit.

Maybe there could at least be an option to get notified when the queue is no longer full. Another option would be to show whether the queue is full somewhere on the site instead of having to click the "edit" or "submit edits" button to check it. I don't know if these things would even do that much but anything that makes the process of trying to submit an edit suggestion less annoying would be appreciated.

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    If the site notified people they would all jump on the notification and submit edits. The queue would still be permanently full. Sep 5 at 23:23
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    You can see how many posts are in it on this page (you can't review them if you're below 2k rep, but you can still see the number of posts there - I forgot what the max queue size is, but you should be able to find it if you search). You might be able to make a userscript to automatically put the number of posts in it in the top bar if you really wanted to
    – cocomac
    Sep 6 at 1:04
  • @cocomac 500 on SO, and IIRC, 200 in the rest of the network Sep 6 at 7:34
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    It's 40 by default.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Sep 6 at 8:24
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    The amount of notifications this would create is absurd, and can easily reach hundreds per day. No sane person would want that many notifications, and it would become meaningless. Better course of action is to post useful answers in order to gain reputation, instead of hunting for easy rep by fixing typos and improving some grammar. (That is important, in its own way, but when 500 people doing it in same time, well, not much to do.) Sep 6 at 8:44
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    You ought to remove "Thanks in advance" and other meta information like "I have a small question" (this is implied by posting there) while you are at it (this doesn't require any skills). The run-on sentence at the end wasn't eliminated. There were also the misspelling of "unity" and likely "Game maker" ("Game Maker (Studio)"?). Sep 6 at 8:54
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    cont' - Probably "GameMaker" (formerly "GameMaker Studio"). "I'm just working two months" is awkward and ought to be transformed (some would eliminate that part). "maincharacter" should probably be "main character". Sep 6 at 9:13
  • I actually suspect doing things the other way around makes more sense - the problem isn't that people cannot suggest edits, its that the edit queue is constantly full on Stack Overflow. That said, edit queues are boring so I feel like there's more to solving the problem than a more efficient funnel into the edit queues
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Sep 6 at 10:20


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