If a question accumulates downvotes, does the post receive any more or less attention?

I am aware of the Twitter Bot which increases exposure for high-score posts. I am wondering if there is a corollary feature which actively changes a post's exposure due to down-voting. For example, does a low-scoring post get systematically or automatically dragged to the bottom of a page or excluded from certain meta searches?

This question arises from curiously weak responses to what the Internet considers to be "hot" topics, per Google and Yahoo.

  • We don't have historical viewcounts for a question (answers don't have a viewcount) so it is not possible to answer this based on the public data. You need SE staff to run this query on their internal SEDE instance. – rene Oct 15 '19 at 20:30

If a question has a score of -4 or lower (-8 on Meta sites), it's hidden from the homepage, so it's less likely to attract views. (It's still visible in other question lists and the search pages.)

Other than that, there might be psychological effects at work (either "Oh, a downvoted question, I must check out what's wrong with it" or "A downvoted question? That can't be worth my time") but it's going to be nearly impossible to measure this; views aren't tracked real time, so it's hard to analyse how many views a question gets while it's downvoted.

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  • This is a great answer. How does SE prevent cliques from controlling users' by pushing their posts down to the very-easy-to-reach -4? Can you please include what protections if any exist? It seems prone to abuse itself. For example, some grace period allowing a post to reach enough people to form a meaningful average? – Vogon Poet Oct 15 '19 at 20:34
  • The protection is that (we hope that) normal users do see the questions and notice something strange is going on with the voting and flag for moderator attention. – Glorfindel Oct 15 '19 at 20:36
  • Also, see this experiment on Stack Overflow: meta.stackoverflow.com/q/390178/4751173 – Glorfindel Oct 15 '19 at 20:38

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