Just now I was idly checking my helpful flags count (a habit I got into on SO, where it's frankly far more interesting than my stats here) and noticed that I had a flag pending that was over 24 hours old. This seemed a little surprising, so I dug into the review stats and found that CV and FP have over two dozen entries in their queues, but not a soul has reviewed a single First Post today, and there's only been one Close review. How does that happen, when a single reviewer could run through their whole allotment of reviews on either queue in one go?
I can't speak for all the users with review queue access, but I can point out a few reasons why I never use these review queues:
The suggested edits review queue seems to be the only one that ever actively reminds me to review it. Every time there's a little "1" next to "review" at the top of PSE, it's always a suggested edit review. I have no idea if this is deliberate or a bug or some function of my current rep, but it's probably the only reason why I do review suggested edits on a regular basis.
When I first gained access to the CV/FP review queues, I tried them for about an hour, and had such a negative experience I've never looked at them since.
- I can't evaluate the quality of an answer without first reading the question. The queues never show you both.
- Many posts in the queues were already being edited or had comments soliciting further information from the owner, or had already been improved. If I had not opened the Q/A in another tab to see this information, I would have duplicated or overwritten effort that had already been made.
- One of the questions covered by the previous bullet point turned out to be an audit question that I failed. In other words, PSE yelled at me for not taking any action on a question even though other people had already taken action on it. When software blindly assumes it's smarter than me I lose interest in using it very quickly
Personally, I'm more interested in trying to clean up the terrible questions on our front page than whatever happens to be in the queues, so that's where most of my "should I VTC this?" time is spent.
Incidentally, I would love it if we got question triage here. That would probably fix all of my complains about the current review queues.