I've recently gained acesses to some review queues, but most of the times there's something to be reviewed (gray dot beside the queue), there's no notification saying so, other times I see a red dot but there's nothing there, as below:

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What's the meaning of it?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know if this is still true, but it used to be that the red or grey dot would appear if there were tasks to do, regardless of whether or not you, a user with a specific level of privilege, were able to do those tasks. $\endgroup$
    – Sycorax Mod
    Feb 20, 2019 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ It is not a good indicator. Best to check the queue occasionally anyway. $\endgroup$
    – mdewey
    Feb 21, 2019 at 9:56

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I believe that reflects a kind of "urgency" about attending to the queue. If my recollection is right (it may be a bit off), blank means the queues are empty (or perhaps nearly so), a grey dot means there's a number of items in at least one queue (i.e. a queue needs attention) and red indicates there's at least one "long" queue.


There's a pretty complete discussion on the network meta here:

How does the review-needed indicator work exactly?


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