The queue for close votes is currently filled with months-old questions, and is quite large - when I recently clicked on the queue, there were $39$ items waiting for review. Of the first $10$ or so that I went through, only one of them was from the last month - the others were all from January.
I've noticed this behaviour over the last few days (including the vastly high number of review items), but the timeline has been moving backwards; a few days ago, there were dozens of questions from April, then March, and so on.
So my questions are:
Is this related to the recent increase in available close votes per user?
Is this intentional?
- Were all these questions in the system already, waiting for months for review? If not, are these simply because there are a great number of people using their $50$ votes per day on old questions?
I find that when the queue is completely filled with old questions, it interferes with reviewing recent questions that are actually relevant and active.
To clarify the discussion tag: Is this desirable behaviour, considering that many people will spend their entire $20$ reviews looking at months-old questions?