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This question below has 16 yeses to 1 no and is classed as on-topic


Whereas this question has 6 yeses to 10 nos and isn't classed as on-topic or off-topic

not classes as on-topic or off-topic

Are there certain criteria before a question gets considered on-topic or off-topic. Is it a miminum number of votes in one direction and also a certain minimum difference between the yeses and nos?

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What is Area 51? – Amy B Jun 2 '10 at 23:09
@Coronatus: No such place exists. Or you could try clicking on the tag. – Andrew Grimm Jun 2 '10 at 23:18
@Coronatus: Where ya been, man? – Robert Harvey Jun 2 '10 at 23:19
This should be tagged faq – Ivo Flipse Jun 3 '10 at 6:31
@Ivo thanks for the suggestion. I reckon it is a question that quite a few people will want to ask, but I think only a moderator can tag a question as faq so I can't do it myself. – mikej Jun 3 '10 at 7:22
up vote 7 down vote accepted

To be marked on-topic you need:

  • At least 20 on-topic votes
  • At least 4 times as many on-topic as off-topic votes

It's the reverse for off-topic.


The number of votes was raised to 20 (from 10), and the details have been added to the FAQ

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Should this be made more clear in the FAQ? – Justin L. Jun 19 '10 at 9:38
I agree this should be in the FAQ. I ended up having to search meta to find the answer to what I thought was a simple question. – pkaeding Jul 13 '10 at 20:13

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