The tag info page for the tag states:

Indicates that the circumstances behind a bug report are set to be internally reviewed, or that the feature request contains merit to consider but the decision on its approval or decline requires more investigation.

This sounds like the tag is intended for a limited duration.

It also says:

There are multiple factors that may leave a report under review. There could be consideration of whether the proposed feature or bugfix is feasible or useful. There could be investigations on the complexity of the necessary solution. There could be insufficient information in the feature or bug report as presented. Site developers may provide additional comments to request more information or to provide status updates as appropriate to the status of the review, until such time as the decision for approval or decline is made.

This explains some of the process, and it makes sense that this process can sometimes take a fair amount of time, but it still provides no general expectation of a timeframe. Looking at the list of questions with the tag, we can see that there are quite a few that have had the tag for several years already. If nothing has happened in several years, can it really be said that it is "under review"? At some point, should these not become or ?


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Caveat: past performance is not indicative of future results. Here is a SEDE query that checks the time elapsed between removing and adding a tag - on average, 225 days, which falls squarely into the 6-8 months territory. Note that questions still under review are not included, and they may eventually skew the results to one side or another; given the unfortunate reduction of the team, I fear it will go up in the future.

Here is another way to visualize this; horizontal axis is the number of days, vertical the number of questions for which the tag got removed after that number of days or sooner. For 50% of the questions, that happens within 13 days, so it's really the outliers that make the average so high.

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