I strongly suggest to always allow showing posts created by SO Staff members on the frontpage of Meta SE. Currently, if the post reaches "−8" vote count, it is hidden from the frontpage. While this might be (or might not be) the desired behaviour for certain posts, it is certainly a bad idea to hide an announcement/information/discussion/suggestion created by SO Staff member, regardless of how the community reacts to that.
This feature is inspired by an "official reply" to the very popular and important discussion on potential fingerprinting by ads. Currently, the reply (which caused a lot of downvotes from the community) is pretty much hidden, and not really visible by Meta SE audience (even though it is pretty active).
Comparison to other feature-requests:
- This feature request is a subset of a similar recent request; however, is devoted specifically to the posts created by SO Staff (also, due to @Shog's suggestion in the discussion below it).
- In a way, it is an "extension" of this old request, which proposed to show only low-scored questions that had active bounties. In contrast, this suggestion is not limiting the criteria to active bounties but limits the originating author type.
Common scenario when this feature would be useful:
- SO Staff member publishes an important announcement or a reply (as with the aforementioned fingerprinting post)
- The community of Meta SE does not agree with it or is very concerned, which results in a lot of downvotes to the post.
Currently: the post would be hidden from Meta SE frontpage as soon as it reaches "−8" and the majority of the audience would not see it.
Proposed: since it is posted by SO Staff, ignore the "−8" and keep showing it regularly on Meta SE based on the activity (bounties, edits, answers, etc).
Advantage over a similar recent request: it is hard to imagine a situation when we don't want to see the post from a SO Staff (even if the community dislikes or does not agree with it), while it is very desired to hide certain highly downvoted questions from non-SO Staff, even if they are not (yet) closed.
Why not simply make the post featured?
Because the staff member has to express that interest explicitly (which is not desired for several good and bad reasons).
Not all announcements deserve to be featured, but some deserve a fair right to reflect the activity on the frontpage regardless of the vote count.
Featured posts simply attract too much attention, as opposed to this request of having "just regular attention" without the discrimination by voting and community disagreement/concern with the piece of info shared by SO Staff member.
- better dissemination of important information
- discussion of the controversial decisions
- feedback from the community to the company
Even more pronounced the necessity of some change towards visibility of staff posts became with today's post on "Update to our Community...". While it certainly is meant to be seen by a wide audience, right now it is not.