I just asked a question on Stack Overflow. Often I notice my questions coming through on the front-page, but this one isn't there, even after I gave it some time. Why is this?

  • It may have disappeared from the front page already. Things can go pretty fast on Stack Overflow. Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 14:47
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    I admit this is weird because it was asked 10 minutes ago and does not show up on the front page. Right now, the front page displays post with a last activity going up to an hours or so. It should show up unless you have a lot of downvotes which is not the case. Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 14:59
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    The homepage is going to be different for each user, and has a complex formula to determine what each person sees. It's possible for a new question to not be on it at all, or not for very long, but it's also possible that other users will have seen it based on their activities.
    – Servy
    Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 15:04
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    @Servy The more you know... Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 15:05

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Because the front page contains interesting questions, not the newest questions. Many new questions don't show up on the front page.

You do show up in the newest list (see below), but yours isn't one of the questions that appeared on the front page for me. Apparently front page questions vary from user to user, so others would have seen it there.

screenshot of the question in the newest list

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    "Because the front page contains interesting questions" harsh Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 15:10
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    @RichardTingle Hey now. My mother growing up would always say my food was interesting in the worst of ways.
    – Dauh Fhauc
    Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 15:11
  • In this context interesting questions is questions that are likely to be of interest to an individual user based on the tags and whatever other formula StackOverflow applies. Many users would find questions on Java or C# extremely interesting, whereas others would have no interest whatsoever as these technologies are not ones used by them. To say a question is not interesting to a specific user, does not mean it is not in general interesting, or of interest to specific others. I don't see this as a harsh statement in the context provided, albeit it could have been worded better to show that.
    – pwdst
    Commented Dec 15, 2013 at 17:10

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