There's been a greater than normal number of questions in the Close Votes review queue of late.

Some are in there for good reason. However, a large number of them also appear to be on-topic, have answers, and even have upvotes. Their only sins appears to be that they're old and they don't have an accepted answer.

They are, by and large, voted as "Unclear what you're asking". I'm not sure how that can be a valid close reason when there are upvotes and multiple answers. Obviously someone understood what was being asked.

What's going on?

Here are a few examples:

  • I agree that this is pointless. Asking for clarification on ancient questions and then VTCing because that information is not given is not productive.
    – jonsca
    Dec 21, 2017 at 15:56
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    We're getting slightly more participation in the queues, which is good, but I'd love it it more people got involved with it to help democratize the situation you've mentioned. I'd prefer to get myself out of the queue almost completely, but that hasn't been feasible in 4+ years.
    – jonsca
    Dec 21, 2017 at 15:59
  • @pnuts ?? It's a useful close reason, it's just not meant to be a "catch all" as you have coined it. When I had asked people to use prefab close reasons, it was to keep better track of things such as the number of web development questions that were being asked rather than to abolish custom close reasons entirely.
    – jonsca
    Dec 21, 2017 at 20:43
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    Just a bystander, but could you provide some links to these reviews for examples? I don't have enough rep to review close votes, but reading pnuts' comment above, I'm afraid there's a misunderstanding because you mentioned that "there are upvotes and multiple answers".
    – Andrew T.
    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:19

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Possibly because there's a hat you can earn for being involved in the closing of questions:

Ooh, Shiny

Expect the queue to settle down once people have won the hat or when Winterbash is over for this year.

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    I hate Winterbash.
    – ale
    Dec 26, 2017 at 14:43

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