Questions with many downvotes are removed or closed automatically from listings and search results? Are the moderators notified?

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    Questions are never closed automatically. A moderator or users with enough rep have to vote to close them. They are then only actually deleted when moderators or 10k+ users vote to delete them which is actually a soft delete (makes them not visible to users less than 10k rep). – Josh Mein Apr 16 '13 at 18:14
  • At 8 downvotes they just stop showing on the new list. Then it all depends on the users with enough rights. Some questions get closed, some get closed and soft deleted. – Hugo Dozois Apr 16 '13 at 18:14
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    meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78048/… covers the other part besides when vanish from the front page. They can be automatically deleted without being closed in some cases. – Flexo Apr 16 '13 at 18:15

When the score of a question is lower than -3, the question is removed from the front page. Questions with many down-votes are still listed, and can be searched. You can search for questions with a score greater or equal to -10.

There aren't automatically closed questions; there are questions that get automatically deleted but only in few cases, such as when the question has 6 flags for being spam or offensive, or it has a negative score and it doesn't have answers, once the question is at least one-month old. More recently, a change about deleting closed questions has been introduced, and it involve questions closed in the past 9 days, when:

The question was not closed as a duplicate - It has a score of zero or less - It is not locked - It has no answers with a score higher than zero - It has no accepted answer - It has no pending reopen votes - It has not been edited in the past nine days

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  • Doesn't it take a score of -4 before it is removed from the front page? – ɥʇǝS Apr 16 '13 at 18:20
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    -4 on the main sites. -8 on meta. – Mysticial Apr 16 '13 at 18:21
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    Let's say lower than -3. :) – kiamlaluno Apr 16 '13 at 18:24
  • @kiamlaluno, in that case, they are still listed in the tags page – Chico Sokol Apr 16 '13 at 18:37
  • @ChicoSokol That is why I said, "are still listed." :) – kiamlaluno Apr 16 '13 at 18:39
  • You can even search for questions with ≤ −10 score. – icktoofay Aug 19 '13 at 21:54
  • @icktoofay It is a shame that syntax is not explained in the advanced help for searching. :| – kiamlaluno Aug 19 '13 at 21:59
  • @kiamlaluno: Actually, with a recent change, it now is explained. – icktoofay Aug 19 '13 at 22:03

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