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Some "questions" on metas really are announcements which ought to be pinned on top of meta question listsings for wider attention (or at least frequently bumped by Mr. Community).

I'm thinking of really important "questions" like moderator announcements, feature or test announcements, new FOSS advertisement threads and the like.

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I thought diamond mods could already do announcements? – user27414 Jul 29 '10 at 17:43
@Jon If they can I've never seen any. Unless you are talking about blogs... – badp Jul 29 '10 at 17:43
It sounds like you're describing "sticky" posts in forums, which usually annoy me. It would be nice to somehow draw attention to those, without locking them at the top of the question list permanently – Michael Mrozek Jul 29 '10 at 17:53
@badp: Diamond mods can post "system messages", which are those little banner things below the questions/tags/users/ links but above anything else. Only one can be active at a time. – mmyers Jul 29 '10 at 17:58
Not exactly pinning a question, but the banner on WebApps is a diamond moderator ability. – Rebecca Chernoff Jul 29 '10 at 17:58
Didn't know that, @mmyers, I thought it was just an admins-only feature. I guess it is status-declined then. :) – badp Jul 29 '10 at 18:14
up vote 6 down vote accepted

As others have said in the comments, I think this would pollute the questions list.

Counter suggestion

Have a ♦-only tag called announcement for such questions and have a widget on the home page (similar to the faq one):

Announcement widget

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this would be really nice. Now if only Jeff would give us announcements when he ads features here on meta :) – Earlz Jul 29 '10 at 22:31
The featured red tag now sort of implements this :) – badp Sep 12 '10 at 18:51
interestingly, you totally predicted the feature, and I hadn't even seen this. Well done! – Jeff Atwood Sep 16 '10 at 8:43

We do have the [featured] moderator tag now on per-site metas.

It is not currently used to pin, but it does affect the meta house ad on the parent site.

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+1 for italics! – Andy E Sep 16 '10 at 8:47

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