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In recent days it seems like the Close post queue have been rather full with questions. A lot of times the question are years or months old, and are not even bumped to the front page. I frequently reach the 20 review limit for Close queue, while I have never get that much in any other queues. In fact, sometimes there is as much as 20+ questions in the queue that allow the limit to be reached in just a single session.

Is there some reasons behind the recent flood of the Close queue? Is there some sort of Great Purge in effect that I am not aware of? Why are so many old questions get closed suddenly?

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    $\begingroup$ By the way: we have 50 close votes, but only 20 reviews per day. I stretch my reviews by not pressing Close or Edit buttons from the queue, but rather opening the question in another tab and hitting Skip in the review, then voting on the question. So, the actual reviews can be spent just on those that need to be Leave Open, since that button only exists within the review. // Also by the way: you haven't said anything about my answer to the differentiable null-homotopy problem... $\endgroup$ – user147263 Aug 1 '14 at 16:59
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It's almost certainly related to the imminent demise of the tag. Tim Post has made some suggestions for cleaning up the questions in the tag before the tag is eliminated, and the flood is mainly due to these efforts.

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