When I first got this number in brown on my black bar (that happens at 10K, right?) it was always in the single digits after cleaning out the queues available to me. It bounced around from 3-8.
I wondered what the number meant, and Rumtscho explained that it referred to review tasks not available to me.
It was in the single digits for months. It the past few weeks it has steadily increased..10...20...30 now 53. What has changed?
No big deal, it's just a number on my screen, but I'm curious as to why it has increased so suddenly, rapidly and dramatically.
EDIT: As of 9am 11/26 Alaska time, my queues are empty and the review tasks number is up again to 52. Come on people! It only takes a few minutes!
EDIT As of 12/9/14, we've been back to single digits (most of the time) for almost a week.