Just let me preface this topic with: I am not currently considering doing this, I just want to start a discussion After all, there were plenty of interesting Anki threads on the old forums.
With that out of the way, it seems the general consensus (on youtube, koohii, reddit, etc) is to leave the review limit at 9999 and to never limit reviews. Yet, I wonder if that shouldn’t always be the case.
I manually limited my reviews when coming back to Japanese. I had an old iKnow account, with various words already covered. Instead of resetting my account, I decided to tackle the 800+ reviews that had built up.
To take these reviews I limited myself to ~100 reviews per day; although, I did more when travelling. Without adding new cards, the reviews dwindled down to a small number so I could start adding cards again. I did the same when I stopped reviewing my kanji cards after going taking a holiday. I could’ve used Anki’s feature instead and given myself a nice limit to target.
So personally, I think limiting can be useful when coming back to Anki – but what about new cards?
I wondered if the same would work for a smallish deck. We all know the perils of trying 30/50/100 new cards a day, but what if we set a limit to reviews? Yes, there would be some delays to cards and we might have a higher failure rate – but it might be fine. And in the end, once the deck is complete the reviews will slowly come down under the limit.
I honestly wonder if this is as bad as many said. These days I’ve seen people recommend increasing the interval factor, dropping the failure penalties, resetting ease, load balancing, and doing all sorts of tweaks.
Does it really matter if you see a card after 6 days instead of 4, or after 64 days instead of 48? You might still get it correct?
So maybe limiting isn’t so bad after all? Perhaps it could even work well to limit your Anki time and allow for other studies, such as reading.