On Meta SO, downvoting merely means "disagree." This convention carried over to per-site metas. But questions with very low scores — e.g. this question on Meta Math SE with net score of -5 — are automatically hidden from the front page. The fact that a valid discussion seems to be deleted causes confusion.

Please do not hide questions with very low scores from the front pages of metas. These questions aren't hidden on Meta SO, and shouldn't be on other metas either.

mockup of meta front page displaying a question of score -5

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    I wasn't aware that there was any hiding of questions with - scores... Aug 30, 2010 at 0:48

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The threshold is higher on meta, I think it's -8 or so compared to -4 on the parent site.

Are you recommending that as the standard for all metas? I think I could support that.

edit: setting this to a global value of -8 for all metas.

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    I thought there's no threshold here :) But yes, I think the threshold should be relaxed.
    – kennytm
    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:49
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    It might also be good to update faq (or some other relevant part of the FAQ) to make it clear to those who might not know (cough such as myself) that low-scoring answers are automatically hidden. Apr 26, 2013 at 19:52

I'd like to address concerns with this current .

The original asked not to hide questions with low scores for all the right reasons.

Please do not hide questions with very low scores from the front pages of metas.

Why was changing the threshold to -8 decided upon instead?

If you are thinking along the lines, "Really poor quality content doesn't need to be visible", please reread the feature request.

Additionally I would like to add that really poor quality content is closed as not constructive, therefore I suggest to only hide questions that are closed and heavily down voted on the front page.

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    +1 - Completing this request means doing what it asks or clearly explaining why the chosen route is similar enough to be considered the same. Simply "approximating" an implementation is a good start and a functional stop-gap, but it isn't a "completed" resolution, especially if the spirit of the request is not satisfied.
    – cdeszaq
    Mar 7, 2012 at 20:22
  • Did you read the very next sentence (These questions aren't hidden on Meta SO, and shouldn't be on other metas either.), the answer, and the comment on the answer (I thought there's no threshold here :) But yes, I think the threshold should be relaxed.)? The superficial request was based on a false premise: the actual request was to have child metas match MSO's behavior, which they now do.
    – user149432
    Mar 7, 2012 at 21:24
  • @MarkTrapp What do you propose? That we all start reinterpreting posts as we see fit? Yes I read those comments, and to me they make clear the OP did not expect having a threshold at all, but if you like I will post it as a new feature request. Mar 7, 2012 at 21:39
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    @StevenJeuris I propose that when you see a feature request from over a year ago—that has status-completed and answer from SE that was accepted by the requester along with a comment acknowledging the answer solves the spirit of the request—that perhaps you ought to consider the request was addressed and you should read it as such instead of presuming both the asker and SE didn't read the request. The asker wanted Meta Math to match MSO's handling of low-scored questions, which it now does. You're asking for something separate from what this question wanted.
    – user149432
    Mar 7, 2012 at 22:04
  • @MarkTrapp At this point I just want to mention my original intent was to post it as a new feature-request, but I refrained from doing so not only to make a statement in another discussion, but also as an encore in this discussion. Whether or not any of the two options is preferred I don't know, but I do know making too much of a fuzz about it isn't aiding in any way. Mar 7, 2012 at 22:12
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    @StevenJeuris You seem to have a real desire to have constructive discussions on MSO: as Cody Gray tried to point out to you in the conversation you linked they require reading—and understanding—past discussions on MSO. They also require assuming good faith and due diligence on the part of others. You don't do that by walking into a long-since-resolved post and make the claim nobody read or paid attention to what the author wanted (including the author himself), but by understanding how it was resolved and providing useful, demonstrable feedback or suggestions to build upon the resolution.
    – user149432
    Mar 8, 2012 at 2:56
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    @MarkTrapp Should I have provided "useful, demonstrable feedback or suggestions to build upon the resolution" through comments instead? Or should I have posted it as a new feature-request. You didn't quite go into that suggestion, perhaps you didn't read—and understand—past discussions on MSO? Mar 11, 2012 at 5:03
  • Update: If you use the mobile apps to view the home page, questions with low scores are shown. You can also use the questions page on the web site. Feb 20, 2018 at 18:51

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