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The review queue presents itself across the top like:

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Which when you click on it takes you to:

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The numbers almost always are out of sync with what is in the queue, (the pictures above show 7 whilst all the different categories are empty - i.e. a real time scenario).

1/2 hour previously it read 4, then bumped up to 9 (but there were 7 new things in the queue - so it should have gone to 11) I deal with those and then came back to see a 7 displayed (implying that I'd only dealt with 2 - when it should have shown 0) and now it has been stuck at 7 for about 20 minutes.

I understand a processing delay, or a lower priority (background) process so I don't expect this to be an absolute status indicator, given how dynamic this site can be, but this seems to me more like sticky behaviour i.e. a bug.

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It doesn't reflect review items you have already voted on but that still require additional votes.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That is a partial explanation. I just had a case where it showed that there some to work on (don't remember the #), there were 5, I worked on the first 4 and it went to 0 and there was still one outstanding but the total disappeared. When I finished the last one it stayed empty. \$\endgroup\$ – placeholder May 18 '14 at 20:54
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I've noticed this myself now I've reached 10k and there's a Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange unofficial list of changes with the following entry:

Reading through the comments below that answer from Shog9 (a Stack Exchange employee):

this is everything in review, even stuff that you, personally, can't review. Super-expensive to personalize this - so the alternative is simply not having an indicator. Think of it as... A reminder to encourage your peers to review.

I've noticed the number also stays up if I've skipped anything so I can no longer review it or raise a flag I can't review myself. It's a bit annoying because it makes it easy to miss new suggested edits but sounds like it's something they're not considering changing at the moment for performance reasons.

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