In the last week for Gardening.StackExchange my top bar shows the number 4 in orange. A tooltip indicates that there are four questions waiting for review but when I click on it there are none.

I understand the concept of eventual consistency but this has been going on for days.

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The number shown is the total number of posts on the site with outstanding review tasks. When you click on review, you're shown the posts that you can review. You don't see posts that you've already interacted with: voted on, answered, commented on, or reviewed from a different review queue. I also believe that the indicator won't show up unless there are three or more such posts.

For example, an answer can appear in the "First Posts", "Late Answers" and "Low Quality" queues; if you review it in the "First Posts" queue, it won't be shown to you again, even though other people could see it in the other queues.

At the time you wrote this question, there were two questions in the "Close" review queue that were contributing to the number in the indicator. I've acted on them, bringing the count down to two, so the indicator should no longer be visible.

Now we just need someone to go find the other two posts and review them too...

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  • I see the same thing Kevinsky sees...sometimes there is one or two things to review when it says 7. Finish reviewing and there are still numbers to review but none when opened. What does this mean?
    – stormy
    Jul 7, 2014 at 23:56

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