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
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 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. Commented Apr 16, 2013 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
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:15

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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

  • Doesn't it take a score of -4 before it is removed from the front page?
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:20
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    -4 on the main sites. -8 on meta.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:21
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    Let's say lower than -3. :)
    – avpaderno
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:24
  • @kiamlaluno, in that case, they are still listed in the tags page Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:37
  • @ChicoSokol That is why I said, "are still listed." :)
    – avpaderno
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:39
  • You can even search for questions with ≤ −10 score.
    – icktoofay
    Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 21:54
  • @icktoofay It is a shame that syntax is not explained in the advanced help for searching. :|
    – avpaderno
    Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 21:59
  • @kiamlaluno: Actually, with a recent change, it now is explained.
    – icktoofay
    Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 22:03

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