I just noticed that the question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/117107/do-you-also-have-difficulty-reaching-your-rep-quota-during-christmas doesn't appear in the "active" list. If this list were based purely on last modified time, it would be there; so I am assuming that a question will no longer appear in the active questions list at a certain number of downvotes.

Just out of curiosity, is the exact number of downvotes that it takes to kick a question off the active list publicly available or are the details of this functionality purposefully undisclosed?

(or is there another reason that invalidates my initial assumption of it being based on downvotes?)

  • Currently, I see a -6 question on the list, and the question above has -8, sooo...carry the 1.... is it in the -7/-8 range?
    – chown
    Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 0:09
  • 'to kick a question off the active list' -sounds vicarious to me :) -just kidding in this case, tho.
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 11:52

2 Answers 2


According to Jeff's answer on a request to make metas more lenient in this regard, questions will be pushed off the front page of normal sites once they reach a score of -4, and only once they reach a score of -8 on meta sites.

  • Interesting, thanks for digging that up!
    – chown
    Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 0:34
  • Does a bounty override this push?
    – Vogon Poet
    Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 21:05

There exist 2 active lists:

  1. https://*.stackexchange.com/?tab=active
  2. https://*.stackexchange.com//questions?tab=Active

https://*.stackexchange.com/?tab=active has a limit on the number downvotes, as Tim Stone mentions in their answer. https://*.stackexchange.com//questions?tab=Active has no limit.

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