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I was recently made aware that there is such a thing as a "Greatest Hits" page for SE sites, due to this kerfuffle. But - isn't it effectively a secret easter egg? Are lay, regular users ever directed there?

Just wondering what that mechanism is supposed to be about, this is not a criticism of its existence.

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TL;DR: they don't.

It's one of the unlinked pages on Stack Exchange. To quote Shog9:

This was never linked to from within the UI, because... Well, we weren't sure what to do with it.

Six to eight years later, it seems they still don't know what to do with it, except trying out design changes. It was a decent idea to use it as a sandbox, but unfortunately it turned out not to be representative for the other screens...

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    "It was a decent idea to use it as a sandbox" <- A sandbox with no visitors. Sure, that's legitimate.
    – einpoklum
    Jan 28 at 15:11
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    They did list "Low user impact" as a plus for choosing that screen for testing...
    – bobble
    Jan 28 at 15:14
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    @bobble: When we cannot tell serious claims from tongue-in-cheek phrases, the situation is pretty dire.
    – einpoklum
    Jan 28 at 15:44

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