Am I the only one seeing this? What happened? An updated algorithm? Or did we just have an army of zombie answer(er)s that I didn't notice?
This is the result of a very recent change to the way answers enter that queue. Previously, the conditions were:
- the answer was posted at least 30 days after the question was asked; and
- the answer's author has at most 10 rep.
It appears that condition (2) has been altered to
- the answer's author has at most 50 rep.
As before, it doesn't matter how old the answer is, just the relative time between it and the question, so if an answer that hadn't entered the queue all the sudden satisfies the two criteria, it enters the queue. We just have a lot of "late answers" posted by users who have rep between 11 and 50.