Yes, we should definitely get people's first posts through the review system faster. The sooner they get feedback, the quicker they'll become accustomed to producing high-quality content.
Here are some things I'd like to say to people who want to help review posts:
- I'd suggest that you read the community FAQ about this queue (written for Stack Overflow, but adaptable to reviewing in general).
- Remember that a single review in First Posts or Late Answers completes the review item, removing it from the queue. Therefore, you should fix all problems with the post or leave an explanatory comment with some pointers for the poster.
- In the same vein, please feel free to use the Skip button if you're not sure what should be done with a post. There are plenty of posts that need review, I'm sure you'll find some items to definitively act on.
- If you consistently are unsure about what to do in the face of a certain pattern of behavior, bring it up here on Meta. Bring specific cases so we can see what's going on. That way, everyone can benefit from the discussion.
- Also, I'm sure people in chat would be happy to help you.
- You don't have to review the full 20 each day. Every solid, effortful review helps.
- You can use the "filter" link next to the queue name to see only items in certain tags. So if you know a lot about one area, you can filter for its tag(s) and work through just those items.
- Your review history is public (on your Activity page).
- Remember that reviewing is about improving the site and teaching people, not just pushing the queue length down or one's review stats up. If you're consistently unsure about what to do with posts in the queues, you can help the site in other ways, like editing or answering.
Oh, and there are other queues too, like Close Votes, which virtually always has a few hundred items.
All help is appreciated!