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I am looking at the question which is "What are the spam and offensive flags, and how do they work?". And it says that when a post accrued 3 flags (spam or offensive), it will be banished from the front page. What does the front page mean?

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  • What's the true context? Have you never been to another site's front page?
    – random
    Apr 13 '15 at 3:48
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_page
    – random
    Apr 13 '15 at 3:53
  • Does the front page mean the home page?
    – xshsinap
    Apr 13 '15 at 5:28
  • Yes, front page is another term for home page. Apr 13 '15 at 6:22
  • @JasonC No. The rule mentioned in the question maybe applies to all the sites of SE.
    – xshsinap
    Apr 13 '15 at 8:47
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The front page is quite literally (as of now) the page you see when you first load a site. Internally, we're expanding that definition, where we consider any page that people commonly visit in order to find new stuff to answer to be the 'front page'. You might to go /questions, you might to go a certain tag feed - whatever, it's the first thing you see when you open the site looking for stuff to do.

Things we're currently working on entail making sure that you don't see awful stuff in those places (wherever they might be), while still leaving you the ability to drill down into it if you really want to. This would affect not only stuff that has been heavily down-voted and / or flagged, but also stuff that the system identifies as being of questionable quality. Some of this is in place now.

In short, starting soon, the 'front page' is whatever page users show as being the most visible on the site, based on behavior we examine when watching how folks find new questions to answer.

The spirit of it, to keep in mind (as Rose Red continues to build upon itself) is we don't want to put crap in your face when you first hit the site, unless you really want to see crap in order to help deal with it.

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  • Can I use your quote? It's brilliant! :D Apr 13 '15 at 8:31
  • Which quote .... ?
    – Tim Post
    Apr 13 '15 at 8:38
  • "we don't want to put crap in your face when you first hit the site, unless you really want to see crap in order to help deal with it" of course. ;) Apr 13 '15 at 9:02
  • Tim, can you please confirm this? Or was my initial assumption wrong? Apr 13 '15 at 9:03
  • @TimPost What happens when an answer has three of those flags?
    – xshsinap
    Apr 14 '15 at 1:59
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The front page is the main question list, the page at example.stackexchange.com that shows the most-recently-active questions.

If a question is downvoted enough, or picks up enough spam/offensive flags, it's removed from there so casual visitors don't see it.

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    There are many question lists on SO, such as "interesting","hot","month" and so on. Which question list does the front page mean?
    – xshsinap
    Apr 13 '15 at 5:22
  • @xshsinap all of them. It's removed from all the lists except search results. (e.g. you won't see it when viewing questions per tag) Apr 13 '15 at 7:24
  • @ShadowWizard I understand. Can I describe it like this? when a post accrued 3 flags (spam or offensive), it will be banished from all the question lists.
    – xshsinap
    Apr 13 '15 at 8:42
  • @xshsinap not 100% sure, asked now for official confirmation. :) Apr 13 '15 at 9:03
  • Still a work in progress.
    – Tim Post
    Apr 13 '15 at 12:07
  • @xshsinap you asked what "the front page" means and that's the question I answered. Low-voted or spam-flagged posts are also removed from other lists. If you'd meant to ask "what pages does the post disappear from", that wasn't clear. Apr 13 '15 at 12:33
  • @MonicaCellio I am sorry. It seems that the answer posted by Tim is more detailed. Thank you all the same.
    – xshsinap
    Apr 14 '15 at 1:57
  • @xshsinap no worries -- Tim gave a more thorough answer. I was just responding to the comments here. Apr 14 '15 at 2:25
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Front page and home page are the same thing at Stack Exchange sites.

They default to their active tab on all sites except Stack Overflow (which defaults to interesting).

For example:

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