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First, apologies if this is a duplicate, I couldn't find it.

I was looking at various queries on Data Explorer earlier and noticed something a bit odd, this question on SO: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1765525/ has a -38 score (before this draws more attention to it anyway).

This is the lowest score I had come across thus far, so again curious I checked out the lowest net-score questions by sorting all questions by votes: http://stackoverflow.com/questions?sort=votes

If you go the the last page though, I'm seeing -18 scores on the lowest questions. Is there some sort of threshold for the questions displayed? I assume there's a > -20 clause or something, but I'm curious.

For a more complete list, I added a query to Data Explorer: Top (Bottom?) 20 Lowest Scoring Questions

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I see that same question as the very last one in the search results you linked to. Just above it is a -21, a -19, and two -18s. Are you possibly ignoring certain tags that those questions match?


Screenshot of the search results

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Doh, you are dead on, I'm ignoring only a handful of tags and python was one of them. Looks like the other was merged as well (which I guess doesn't reflect correctly in the data dump). – Nick Craver Jul 19 '10 at 3:31
    
@Nick It was just merged a week ago; the data dump is only released at the end of the month – Michael Mrozek Jul 19 '10 at 3:34
    
I read that as "Jun 11" twice...definitely time for bed, thanks for confirming I am indeed crazy :) – Nick Craver Jul 19 '10 at 3:38

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