Several times, I've seen that the review queue appears empty, but the top-bar icon indicates otherwise. For instance I'll vote on something, but the top-bar notifier doesn't update.

Is this by design, because its pretty unhelpful if I think "there's things to look at" and there aren't?

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The number shown in the brown box is the sum of the numbers of items in all queues that you can access. This includes the items you have already acted on. That is, if there are 3 suggested edits and 2 close vote items, the number reads 5 to everybody who's got both close and edit privileges. It will read 3 to someone who's allowed to edit but not to close.

This is due to the fact that the number is cached per-site and not per-user. Despite very inconvenient, this is .

  • So the figures change when you're the last to make the decision stand, and that's why the numbers sometimes change after you reviewed an issue? Guess that's where the confusion is from, I've also wondered about this. Mar 10, 2015 at 22:21
  • @MeaningfulUsername Exactly, if you're the one to resolve the review item, the number will change as soon as you hit F5.
    – yo'
    Mar 10, 2015 at 22:25
  • Are you sure about this one? I thought the number at the top was only suggested edits - otherwise the number would constantly be 9kish on stack overflow. Suggested edits are a special case as they make a post 'locked' - so should be resolved asap.
    – Chris
    Mar 11, 2015 at 22:46
  • Hold on...I retract the above! Apparantly it changed about a year ago!
    – Chris
    Mar 11, 2015 at 22:55

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