The amount of exposure time a question has on the "newest" list is highly variable. It depends heavily upon the day, time of day, and a good deal of random chance.
We can't do much about the time-dependent amount of traffic the site gets. However is it beneficial and "more fair" to mitigate the effect of randomness on the amount of exposure a question gets?
Right now, questions are immediately visible and open to answer as soon as the question is asked. While this system works, I've been wondering if leveling the playing field (so to speak) would improve the quality of the site.
Would it be worth implementing a question queue whereby every question get's X minutes of exposure time at the top of the newest list of questions and newer questions are queued up? Of course, it would be a good idea not to fix X, but instead make it dependent upon the current traffic. This could depend either on the time of day or on the number of questions currently in the queue.
Regardless of the implementation, what about the general idea of reducing the variability in exposure time?