Often, I have a button next to review with a number on it. This number doesn't correlate to the number of posts available for me to review, as I can click on it and find no reviews available. What does this number mean?

Picture of review queue

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    I think it is the number of posts up for review, but it doesn't count posts that you've already seen. So if there are five close votes and no other posts up for review, that number will be 5, but if you've already voted on three of the posts, the queue will only show two posts when you go to the review page because you can't review the same post twice.
    – Torisuda
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 21:16
  • In addition of that, AFAIK, it's only showing total number of available "Suggested Edits"... oh, and also probably cached.
    – Aki Tanaka Mod
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 3:25
  • By the way, you can probably get a better answer for this at meta.stackexchange.com. They may have even answered it already.
    – Torisuda
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 5:23

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It is just as Torisuda says, just a indicator of the amount of items that are ready for review. This number tends to be a bit inacurate at times ;)

This indicator is shown only to moderators and users who've gained access to the moderator tools. As such, it behaves in keeping with the design of those tools:

If you poke around in /tools, you'll quickly notice that most of what's found there isn't directly actionable - it's informational! What you do with that information is up to you: hopefully, you've been around long enough now that you have some idea of how you want the site to be run, and are able to make good use of the information presented.

As quoted from shog9's answer on why the number is showing a higher amount then the amount of reviews available

and The actual request

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    It's a pretty useless and distracting feature I would say. Should only show if review queues are overloaded.
    – Gao
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 10:51
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    @Gao For smaller sites such as A&M indeed. All though I must say, I also only go to the review queue when the orange thingy pops up. But we could always make a feature request to give it some sort of threshold :)
    – Dimitri mx Mod
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 10:58

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