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From my point of view, there are ~880 questions in the close review queue. I don't recall a time when it was below 700 (I became active only around last June).

Do we need to put in a concerted effort to clear it out?

One suggestion I have is to:

  • gather a group of at least 10 people who can review,
  • create a chatroom
  • post questions which need at most 2 votes to close in that chatroom
  • and hopefully there will be two users on hand to lend votes
  • similarly for any post you encounter with 3+ close votes on it

This way, questions which are close to being closed will get cleared up much more quickly. Of course, it goes without saying that reviewers shouldn't blindly cast votes.

Anyone up for this? Or any other ways we can clear it out?

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    Also related: How to know which questions should be closed, a reprise and my somewhat-tangential (but just posted) Modernize the close vote aging logic – Shog9 Feb 26 '15 at 6:52
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    @Shog9 "Allow re-casting votes that age away after 14 days" Hallelujah! Praise be to the Shog! – muru Feb 26 '15 at 7:09
  • I hope that querying the stackexchange db for question with 3+ close vote is possible, that way having a dedicated chat room for this task is a good idea. +1 – Sylvain Pineau Feb 26 '15 at 7:52
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    "I don't recall a time when it was below 700" so you already forgot Luis Alvarado's massive reviewing? Tsk! :D – Rinzwind Feb 26 '15 at 8:08
  • @Rinzwind Looking at my timeline, I'd just reached 3k around that time. Early days for me. :D – muru Feb 26 '15 at 8:17
  • @SylvainPineau I don't know if there is such a mechanism. What I was hoping was: $3KUSER spots a question with 2 close votes either in review or via normal browsing. $3KUSER decides it is worth closing and casts the third vote. Now it needs 2 more, so $3KUSER drops a link in the chatroom. – muru Feb 26 '15 at 8:19
  • We actually had a chat room for this, but people stopped coming and it fell dormant. If you want I can reopen it for you, but I'm not too convinced yet, the last two times I reopened it for someone it immediately fell dormant. – Seth Feb 26 '15 at 16:41
  • @SylvainPineau I present you... The 10k tools! – Seth Feb 26 '15 at 16:42
  • @Seth not yet. Let's see if enough people volunteer their names. So far only Sylvain's interested. – muru Feb 26 '15 at 16:42
  • @Seth Thanks, I must admit that I really forgot this tab to get such metrics – Sylvain Pineau Feb 26 '15 at 16:46
  • The close queue was well over 1000 a few days ago. At that point I asked meta.askubuntu.com/questions/13599/… – Elder Geek Feb 27 '15 at 23:06
  • @ElderGeek I know, I think I commented on that post. But incentive is not something we users can provide. And unfortunately so far few have volunteered names (counting Seth, you and Rinzwind.) – muru Feb 28 '15 at 9:58
  • @muru I saw your comment and upvoted it. Raising the limit could certainly help. Re:Users and incentive. Provide, perhaps not (although I like to think that my post might have generated enough interest to encourage some to help). Request? Yes. Receive? Maybe. Based on the voting on meta.askubuntu.com/questions/13599/… there are at least 1/2 dozen who would work the queue more if there were some incentive. – Elder Geek Feb 28 '15 at 18:03

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