Related: Lots of questions in the reopen queue at meta.stackoverflow.

The review queue for reopen votes is currently at an exceptional high. Did something happen system-side to bring this on? A lot of the posts currently in that queue are minor edits, sometimes from quite a while ago (such as this one, which was edited July 17). Normally this should not come up on the review queue (or at least not now). What is going on?

I'll try and do my 20 reviews' worth today, but this thing needs at least six people-days of flat-out reviews.

  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth Shog9's answer in MSO indicates that we might get a new batch of 50 questions tomorrow. Unless they confirm we've got the whole set, it's probably prudent to hold that tag for the time being. $\endgroup$ Sep 9, 2013 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, good point, will do. $\endgroup$ Sep 9, 2013 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ I saw the flood. If only I could click. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth Here we go again, back to 70. I'll do a few and save some votes for nontrivial ones. It would be good if we could ping Shog9 to get an estimate of how long this will take, though. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ (I don't even know if I can do it my self. @Shog9, does this reach you?) $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ Hmmm. I swear a lot of these came up yesterday. This one definitely did, here. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 13:10
  • $\begingroup$ It's come up thrice. This is strange. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, there's a bunch of dupes. This and this. This and this. This and this. Most of what I saw today was there yesterday. (See the full list here and in page 3.) $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 13:16
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I'm finding them too. (I can get to the review page of a given question, and here I see two or three links per question). This is a bug. The devs have been pinged. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth OK, cool. Ping me here if there's something I can do. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2013 at 13:36
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    $\begingroup$ Haha, that's the best rollback reason I've ever seen. $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2013 at 15:19

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See here:

Currently, this means that a closed question will automatically be added to the reopen queue when it is...

  • ...Edited (body edits only) within 5 days of closure by the author. Or,
  • ...Edited (body edits only) within 5 days of closure by a 3rd-party, provided the editor has not also flagged the question or voted to delete it. Or,
  • ...Sufficiently popular, where popularity is calculated based on question score, top answer score, or views per month. We're still tweaking the exact thresholds for these, but right now they're fairly generous - however, the most popular closed questions are being added to the queue first.

This is probably an initial flood of questions, once we clear it out the queue ought to stay empty (like how all the queues were above 100 when they were introduced). There are edits from July there, so they probably allowed the algorithm to retroactively apply itself.

but this thing needs at least six people-days of flat-out reviews.

Not if I can do anything about it :P

  • $\begingroup$ Re: Not if I can do anything about it - yeah, a lot of those posts are there through moderatorial actions. If this is a system change that needs a one-time community response then we should all pull our weight (after all, most of the votes are easy to decide) but mods can do more about this about this than regular users. One thing to watch out for is questions getting buried there. $\endgroup$ Sep 9, 2013 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty Exactly. Most of those are minor edits that can just be plowed through. The ones that are not -- well, I'm skipping them now and making a note of them in chat to come to later. $\endgroup$ Sep 9, 2013 at 16:17

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