Question for those with more experience than I here: why in the last few days are many of the questions on the home page many years old? I'd really rather see recent questions on the home page; am I doing something wrong...? Or is mod activity on these questions inadvertently pushing these to the first page? If the latter, are there alternatives that don't have this undesirable side effect?

As far as I can tell the edits to these questions are all by the community user.

For example;

Unknown Host Error, is this a registrar problem or a host problem?

NFS mounts not visible for other users in system

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    Pop in at the weekend you'll see a lot more.
    – user9517
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 22:15
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    Thats why I always select by 'newest', not 'active'
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 22:34
  • @yagmoth555 I'm going to ask a stupid question now. How do I select 'newest'? I don't see that option on the homepage.
    – Steve365
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 10:16
  • @Steve365: If you select the red Questions box to the right of the site logo you will get to serverfault.com/questions. From there you can select tabs like "newest", "featured" etc. The absolute URL is serverfault.com/questions?sort=newest
    – Sven
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 14:17
  • @Sven Aha! Perfect. Many thanks indeed :)
    – Steve365
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 17:00

2 Answers 2


This has been going on practically since the site opened:

Once an hour, the system will bump two randomly selected questions which are at least 30 days old and have no upvoted or accepted answers back to the homepage.

  • Are they truly random? For some reason, I thought they were based off of recently-active tags.
    – EEAA
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 22:24
  • Thanks, that explains that then! :)
    – Steve365
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 10:15

This is most likely the automatic process that bumps old, unanswered (meaning not accepted or upvoted) questions back to the home page.

Community ♦ seems to be bumping new questions more frequently than usual

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