I've noticed a disturbing trend on Stack Overflow lately, questions on Stack Overflow get bumped from the front page in usually less than an hour after submitting them. Two questions of mine, and plenty of others on the front page are likely to go unanswered as well resulting from the traffic on Stack Overflow. My thoughts on how to resolve:
Featured questions are great, but I don't have enough reputation yet and I'd like to think my questions are as good as anyone else's. Maybe allow us to buy reputation JUST for the purpose of putting up as a featured question? Bought reputation wouldn't affect moderator/privilege status however, and cap the amount of buyable reputation per purchaser over time to ensure that it can't be overused.
Maybe randomize the front page questions amongst the unanswered ones instead of first in, first out of the front page?
Continue to spin off from Stack Overflow and open up more Stack Exchange boards.
Don't know what else can be done but it's not fun watching my questions just go flying by before they've really had a chance to be seen...
EDIT FOR ANOTHER THOUGHT: How about allowing some of the bounty reputation to be taken from other Stack Exchange sites? So if I have a better reputation on SuperUser.com, I can slice off some (up to a fixed point) for a question on StackOverflow...thoughts?