Typically, the low-score posts are not hidden from the such views as "newest questions" on the meta sites, because on metas the low-score most of the time means disagreement with the question, and in more rare cases, it's quality. They are only hidden on the main page.

But with the new-nav, the main page also serves as "newest questions" and anything else (just the parameter ?tab=XXX changes), so without using the advanced search, it's impossible to see the low-score questions.

Proofs, the "newest question" as viewed using incognito and normal browsing:

MSO, incognito

MSO, logged in

MSE, incognito

MSE, logged in

Is it a bug, or intentional?

Also, it causes misunderstandings between ones using the old and the new navs.

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    Questions of score -8 are always hidden from the main page on metas, so the issue is more of what to do now that the new nav serves as both views.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 15:53
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    Main sites do the same thing, but with a lower threshold (-4 instead of -8). I reported this internally last week... should've thought to make a meta post, but creating a Trello card was faster. =)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 16:09
  • Hmmm... completely hiding low voted posts (unless you have a direct link), sound like a pretty good feature if you ask me Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 19:20
  • I can see missing out on some possibly interesting stuff, but yes this sounds like a good thing to do.
    – Tim
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 21:52
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "new nav" has been deprecated for a year now. Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 12:05

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This still seems to happen. Case in point: What can we do about systemic lies regarding Monica's suspension?.

I might disagree vehemently with the asker, but the fact that a few other Random Internet Users (including me) don't like it aren't a reason to hide it.

Free speech includes people who are wrong, and the asker nor any answerer were rude. Therefore, I don't see why any question should be hidden on Meta based on score.

Of course, it's a totally different thing on main sites, where it's an indicator of quality.


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