Can someone explain to me the discrepancy of the displayed number to be reviewed in the top bar and the sum of the actual review tasks to be completed?


The top bar icon shows 4 but when I go to /review, I only find 1.

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[I know this isn't an answer, but just to keep it in one thread - not worth a separate question, I didn't think]

Since I hit my 10k rep, this has become a constant source of irritation to my usually well-under-control OCD.

More than half the times I refresh the main questions page, I see a number of flags.
The number of times this matches the number of issues I can actually see in Review is negligible.

It used to match, before I hit 10k. This was literally an overnight change in behaviour.

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    welcome to the club of "confusionem"
    – Ruskes
    May 13, 2015 at 18:54

There are many reasons why this may occur.

  • If you've handled a post outside of a queue yourself, then you won't be able to handle it inside a queue.
  • If you've handled a post in a queue that requires someone else (or multiple other people) to handle it too, then you won't see the review task any more but it'll be shown in the count in the top bar, for other users.
  • For users with <5k, tag wiki suggested edits count towards the number in the top bar but won't be shown to you.
  • that explains it well
    – Ruskes
    Apr 26, 2015 at 20:59
  • The usual meta.stackexchange answer is simply "caching" - the number in the top is cached and so will not be exactly correct which is why after you have cleared all queue the number does not go down by the number you reviewed
    – mmmmmm
    Apr 28, 2015 at 21:54
  • @Mark I was aware of the relevant discussions on Meta.SE however I disagree with their conclusion of caching and believe my answer is more accurate. When a new task is presented, the number is increased immediately, and when a task is completed properly, the number is decreased immediately. However, the counter on SO does seem to be cached.
    – grg Mod
    Apr 29, 2015 at 6:38
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    I do reviews and the review number does not change at all after I have done them - your comments are also true
    – mmmmmm
    Apr 29, 2015 at 9:05

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