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There's been an influx of questions into the late answers review queue -

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The ones I looked at seemed to have been answered a year or so ago, not now.

Unfortunately in looking through them I went through my 20 for the day so don't have a concrete example.

Is this behavior correct?

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They made a change based on a Feature Request on Meta.SE. All sites are affected.

Can we raise the bar for reputation for late answers to bypass the review queue?

The feature request was accepted and raised the bar from 10 rep to 50 with a potential increase to 100 rep in the future, per the answer from Jon Ericson:

Raising the bar to 100 would require changing two variables at once. Since that would make it harder to evaluate each individual change, I'd like to try raising the reputation for getting enqueued to the Late Answer reviews to 50 and reconsider upping it to 100 at some point in the future.

According to some comments on his answer, Jon implies that this should have only affected answers that were posted within the last month... unfortunately, that seems to not be the case, so have fun reviewing and getting some badges!

@yo': Well, we are about to find out. ;-) Just to note, the answers should not be older than a month and the current spike should be temporary. – Jon Ericson♦ 33 mins ago

@JonEricson: One on C.SE from 2013 and one on PPCG from 2011. A month, eh? – El'endia Starman 32 mins ago

@JonEricson We've got hundreds of posts with "active: 2 years ago". Are you should about "answers should not be older than a month"? I smell a bug here... :D – yo' 32 mins ago

@El'endiaStarman: Looks like this is the second time in as many weeks as you've caught me making bad assumptions about how things work around here. ;-) Well, now's the time to earn that Late Answer Reviewer badge you've always wanted. – Jon Ericson♦ 27 mins ago

Hopefully, if they bump it up to 100 rep, they will fix this so that it doesn't go back to the beginning of the site as this one did... though, the numbers seem to show very few late answers from users with rep between 50 and 100, according to one of the other answers (at least on Stack Overflow).

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    Translation: it's gonna happen again soon :)
    – KutuluMike
    Sep 29 '15 at 20:04
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The reason the bar was raised is as follows:

Under the old system, the bar for "Late Answers" was lower than the bar for posting comments. This means that relatively new users were posting comments as answers, which is bad. They raised the bar so that these answers will show up in the queue, and can be reviewed. The inevitable side effect of this is an influx of "Late Answers" in the queue. It may happen again sooner or later, because Jon Ericson said that he'd consider raising the bar from 50 (where it it now) to 100.

This is apparently a planned change of protocol, so there's nothing wrong.

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