# Why are there 500+ entries in the Late Answers queue?

On inspection, it looks like many "late answers" from years ago have been added to the review queue.

Is this a change to, or an error in, the algorithms that select which answers get added to the queue?

• Well, get to work. LAs are rare. This is an opportunity for people to rack up their counts. I'll stay away so others can make some progress towards review badges. – gung - Reinstate Monica Sep 29 '15 at 19:33
• @gung To be fair, having started to get through a few, a decent proportion of them could actually do with a review! – Silverfish Sep 29 '15 at 19:37
• I imagine that's true. My comment wasn't supposed to mean that you should feel obliged to do all of them. – gung - Reinstate Monica Sep 29 '15 at 19:40
• @gung Yes no such obligation is felt, though how you managed to get to 1000 reviews yourself without such unusual events I have no idea, they are as rare as hen's teeth! :) I do think it'd be a shame if they just all get removed from the queue, it's an interesting opportunity to go through and fix up some long-standing stuff. – Silverfish Sep 29 '15 at 19:42
• See Jon Ericson's answer on MSE for some background on this. – JNat Sep 29 '15 at 19:46
• Are reviews prioritized on your favourite tags? I'm only getting genetics, multiple comparisons, and FDR questions/answers which are my "favourites". – Chris C Sep 29 '15 at 19:55
• For users who haven't used the site for many years, it does seem a bit pointless leaving extensive written feedback. So I am probably not doing as much justice in my reviews as I normally would, just looking for howlers, things that need down/up-voting, and things that could do with a copy-edit such as adding links and full citations. – Silverfish Sep 29 '15 at 20:15
• I've hit the "Thank you for reviewing 20 late answers today; come back in 3 hours to continue reviewing" limit. Whoever knew there was one! A couple of other people have also maxed out their 20 so we're down to 400 already. It doesn't look like the queue will take long to shift. (Which means I won't be able to add much to my review tally. Boo.) – Silverfish Sep 29 '15 at 20:31
• Yeah, you have a max of 20 reviews per queue per (GMT) calendar day. It is unlikely anyone will be able to get to reviewer from this alone, but hopefully it will help get a lot of people started. – gung - Reinstate Monica Sep 29 '15 at 21:24
• @ChrisC, at the top, beside the gray "Late Answers", there should be a link called "filter". If you click that, you should be able to request only posts w/ specified tags. – gung - Reinstate Monica Sep 29 '15 at 21:26
• From the 20 reviews that I completed, it looks like this was a worthwhile exercise. The posts had been on our site for a while, but many of them needed some attention. If the SE team decided to raise the threshold even further, thus putting more old posts into the queue, then on this basis I would be supportive. – Silverfish Sep 29 '15 at 21:27
• @gung, Thanks! Never knew that existed. – Chris C Sep 29 '15 at 21:29
• Late Answers queue has been cleared some minutes ago, so it took ~16 hours to clear 500+ entries. Not bad. – amoeba says Reinstate Monica Sep 30 '15 at 11:32
• Nice work on the late answers, guys. – gung - Reinstate Monica Sep 30 '15 at 15:55