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How best to use the review queue?

A compendium of comments I've found useful. Feel free to add more. Questions Self-study Is this a question from a course or textbook? If so, please add the self-study tag & read its wiki. ...
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Learning from previous review decisions

I have a lot of sympathy. I still find it hard to judge reviews a lot of the time. The system gives much less feedback/information than it would be useful to know, especially when you're just ...
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Does unanimity of reasons to close matter?

I agree that this is common. I don't find it especially troubling on the whole. If a question is unacceptable on any ground, it doesn't belong. If you throw something out, it is secondary why you do....
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Should trivial (bordering on (if not outright) ideological) edits to post be acceptable?

The code in the question was this: ...
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How can I figure out why my reviewer privileges were revoked and how can I get them back?

Your efforts to try to improve the site are appreciated! As I understand it, if enough reviews / suggested edits are rejected you'll automatically generate a (temporary) ban without any intervention ...
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Is there a difference between the mission statement of this site and the direction the site has taken?

The problem with trying to edit newbie questions is that they are sometimes so incoherent that editing would have very real risk of making them something other than what the OP wanted. I often link ...
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Review queue comments and edits on first posts

There is no shame in using “Skip”. That said, you're not required to reply to comments from the original author; often, other helpful users chime in and take over the 'conversation'. This is the ...
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Review queue and skip button

Don't worry, you're not going to hurt anything by clicking Skip. Thanks for doing your bit to help. It's appreciated. Clicking ...
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Learning from previous review decisions

@Glen_b has provided a nice answer. I agree with most everything (except—being very opinionated by nature—that it's hard to judge a lot of reviews). Here's my 2¢: Just go ahead ...
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Is it possible for an OP with less than 2k reputation points to approve, reject or improve edits?

Anyone can review, and approve or deny, edits to their own posts. That is the case whether the post at issue is a question or an answer. Moreover, their review is final: That is, if they are the ...
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Not sure if I skipped a review or accepted the question: what happens to the review queue?

Looks like its still in the queue to me. (It's probably out of your version of the queue though) But don't worry, most reviews take more than one vote and even if you muck up the occasional review, ...
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What does the red circle at the review queue pictogram mean?

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 ...
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Review queue comments and edits on first posts

I agree with everything @Glorfindel said, but have slightly different emphasis and extra details. It can be quite easy to tell that a question is not good or even quite off-topic even if you have no ...
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Late answer in the review queue should be a comment

♦ moderators have the ability to convert answers into comments. I'm a moderator on a few other sites in the network, and Not An Answer flags are the primary way the community notifies me of these ...
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Filter for questions for review

While you can filter by tag: Note that you can do this within queues for some tag-reasons but not others (I unchecked "off-topic" here since you don't need to know as much about a topic to see a post ...
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Should an OP's edit of their own question be accepted before their accounts are merged?

I agree with @amoeba: it's important that authors have the ability to update or improve their question as quickly as possible. Otherwise it may be closed as unclear, or answers that do get posted will ...
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How best to use the review queue?

[Edit: It looks like the queues seem to have improved a little in recent times -- I find it easier to figure out why something closed for example -- so to an extent some of the gripes here may be a ...
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How much effort is meant to be put in to reviewing a First Post?

Some people certainly put more effort in than others. A number of our regular reviewers (you among them) put in effort above the average (one regular reviewer who I won't name stands out above the ...
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How can I vote for "Leave open" outside of the review queue?

You can't do that from the Q&A page, just like you can't vote 'leave closed' when there are pending reopen votes. You can search in the Close Votes review queue with a bit of a workaround; you can ...
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Links to review history on the election page are broken

Apologies for breaking all these URLs. I've pushed out a change to make these link go to the right place (the links you posted here no longer work).
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Why are there 500+ entries in the Late Answers queue?

There were more than 500 entries because the criterion for sending late answers to the queue has changed. Before the change only late answers from users with reputation up to 10 had their answers ...
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Reviewing suggested edits for questions on hold, when they don't address the main problem

I reject such edits. As @Scortchi notes, an initial edit of a closed question bumps it into the reopen queue. However, if the edit does not address the reason for closure, that thread should be ...
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Addressing reopening decisions in the review queue

Ideally the main issues should be addressed when it is first closed (I often comment when voting to close for one reason with a brief mention that a post would close for other reasons as well -- ...
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Should trivial (bordering on (if not outright) ideological) edits to post be acceptable?

Should trivial edits be acceptable? What is trivial? Not all 'trivial' edits are useless (sometimes a comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence). When it comes to review suggested-edits, use ...
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What to do about long review queues?

Solution: Theme Week! I'm just spitballing, but what if we have like a week-long theme where we propose a (prolific) tag and the goal is for participants to collaborate in cleaning up that tag? ...
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Is this question in the reopen queue and if not, why not?

See: Lots of questions in the reopen queue , 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 ...
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Bug in displaying the list of review badges

The list of awards (not awardees) for, say, the "Steward" badge appears at https://stats.stackexchange.com/help/badges/110/steward . Awards are listed in reverse chronological order. Individuals may ...
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Show reason for closure when reviewing questions for reopening

So, originally when this queue was created it was only a queue for questions that received reopen votes. It only ever had the "Question" tab which already displays a banner which lists the reason it ...
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Late answer in the review queue should be a comment

New users cannot comment until they reach 50 reputation, not 15. This is part of the design of the SE system. It is a feature, not a bug. Preventing new users from being able to comment reduces the ...
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Does unanimity of reasons to close matter?

In general, just vote the way you think; (weighted) majority rules as to what reason it closes under. If you think that a post could be closed under several different close reasons, post a comment ...
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