I know well why the review-counter sometimes does not show a number that matches the sum of the review tasks I could do.

Yet, lately, I noted that the review counter (for 10k+ users) is persistently around 60 or higher. It changes, and if I enter the reviews there is sometimes something to review, but it is nowhere close to the number it displays.

At first I did not pay much attention to it as I thought maybe I had just skipped a lot. But since this persists since some time and a similar observation was made by others, I wanted to bring it up.

Did something unusual happen and might there even be something broken, or is this just a quite strange coincidence for me and a few others?

A direct way to decide this with some confidence would be if somebody with 10k+ that usually does not review (or at least did not review the last days), could just visit the review-page and report if for them the numbers are roughly matching.

Added: Following the answer, it seems that indeed the review counter in the top-bar does not match at all the actual number of review tasks lately.

I stress this is not some small fluctuation but about a difference of around 60 130 that seems persistent since quite some time (many hours), while the counter does change (it might be too high be a fixed amount but it is hard to tell for sure).

  • $\begingroup$ A wild guess for the reason would be that something funny happens to reviews of suspended accounts. $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 10:51
  • $\begingroup$ If you're thinking about the recent wave of suspensions, I doubt it: the problem has been around longer than that (I'd say at least a week). $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ Yes I was thinking about that but it might very well be nonsense. $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 12:00
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    $\begingroup$ TBH I have no idea. I'm almost certain the bug started around the same time (March 14th according to my vote history) I started casting a lot of first close votes each day. (I remember the very high number in the orange box, but in retrospective it was probably the bug). If I had to make a guess, I'd say it's either related to the recent changes in the expiration of close votes, or the ability of the OPs to insta-close their questions as duplicates. That second one (that change is from the 9th) would kinda make sense... $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ It seems to me the phenomenon is not (yet) noticeable on MO, which made me focus on something specific to this site. OTOH dupe-closures are a lot less frequent on MO. So in case it is the special form of dupe-closure it could well just never have happened there. // On MESE we had one instance though, without effect AFAICT. Interesting. $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 18:20
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    $\begingroup$ Here's an explanation, but no solution yet. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Woodface thanks! This also explains why it is not present on MO (no audits there). $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 19:04

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It seems to have been corrected more or less. It shows 30 reviews now, and through private browsing window it adds up to 25 reviews.

I don't know if it's because I did a few reviews, or if something else happened. Probably the latter.

  • $\begingroup$ About the same here. Thanks for signaling it. $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ I think they are just preparing for the new Game of Thrones season. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 22:36
  • $\begingroup$ (As should we all. Winter is coming.) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 22:48

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