Generally, questions that receive lots of down votes are effectively hidden from the feed - which is probably a good thing. However, this sometimes happens with important announcements posted by staff so it would be good to have a way to keep that information from being suppressed.

One example, is the announcement of the new site theme. I rather like the new theme but, apparently, most other folks don't, which is why the post almost immediately disappeared from Meta's front page - at least, for me.

I agree with Asaf's suggestion that such posts should be tagged as featured and that posts featured on Meta should be pinned near the top of the feed.

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    $\begingroup$ I agree. I think that one should probably override the auto-hiding feature on questions tagged as featured. And that announcement on new site-changing features rollouts should be tagged as such. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila Sounds perfect, as that's a moderator-only tag. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 18:19
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    $\begingroup$ I also rather like the new theme but I believe that apart from the scrollbars(which I believe are not intentional) there is problem with the color of links and up/down votes in the main site $\endgroup$
    – ℋolo
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ I posted this bug report about the scrollbars, but deleted it because it was pointed out that it was already reported here. $\endgroup$
    – joriki
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 21:11
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    $\begingroup$ There is no aspect of the new theme that I prefer to the old theme, but the scrollbars are probably the worst, closely followed by the color of links, and lack of contrast for up- and down-votes. $\endgroup$
    – saulspatz
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ Mark, I think that you should perhaps edit this question to clarify the nature of the feature request (so it doesn't seem like a bug report upon quick review). Feel free to incorporate my suggestion from the comments. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila Done. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 22:58
  • $\begingroup$ Just to clarify, it depends on the way you're viewing the site. The post is indeed hidden from math.meta.stackexchange.com - but it is still shown in math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ Interestingly, this feature request is marked (status-completed): Meta sites' front pages should not hide questions with very low scores. But actually what they did was only change of the threshold to $-8$. This post seems also marginally related (although "featured" has different meaning for the main site than for meta): Don't hide very low-scored questions from the frontpage if they have a bounty. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 8:54


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