Are the questions listed for someone who initially (without being a logged-in user) visits the SkepticsSE site selected purely by algorithm or is there human censorship?

Why does Mohammed's question about the former Iran leader not appear, despite being a recent, recently modified, upvoted, answered question?

Did Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, say this about pedophilia?

Is this concealed by human censorship or status-by-design algorithm?

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    It should be the same as the active tab -- it clearly is not, we are investigating
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 14:50
  • @Sklivvz Thanks for checking on that. This isn't the first time I noticed. I think the same was true for this question: skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/34743/… I can't think of any corresponding computer-implementable algorithm, seems to pass Turing test.
    – DavePhD
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 14:58
  • @ff524 that's only on SO
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 15:30

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It's showing the active questions filtered by the top 10 tags on the site. In our case: .

I personally find it quite confusing: we're debating internally if and how to change it.

Update: we're changing it to unfiltered, no one really likes it as-is. It will be fixed in the next deployment.

  • Thanks for the explanation. The "united-states" factor seems especially discriminatory. Hopefully this policy can be changed to avoid discriminating against any particular nationality, race, or religion.
    – DavePhD
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 15:35

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