Propose to detect troublesome questions using Stack Overflow quality scoring data and put them to Triage queue for an hour or two. If the timeout expires before decision is made, let questions go to homepage.

As for the questions that fail the Triage, one option to handle these is to keep them invisible for a day or two (if not edited), then automatically bump them for a broader community review. This way would keep them away from the top of newest tab. (Attentive readers may notice that bumps imply certain pollution of active tab but this looks less of an issue to me, as this tab is rather heavily dominated by better questions being bumped by answers and edits. Not to mention that Triage would spare active page from questions deserving flagging for speedy deletion - spam, homework dumps, "cubicle fart" kind stuff...)

Reasons why I consider above approach feasible are laid out here:

goal, about "wall of crap" at homepage, also looks relevant to us, as indicated by multiple recurring discussions about too many bad questions.

...site topics substantially overlap and... many troublesome questions over here appear to be posted by users who are simply trying to circumvent question block at Stack Overflow. Using same scoring data that is supposed to detect and block them at Stack Overflow would make sense, wouldn't it?

...there is just no way to ensure that questions in Triage queue would be reviewed within reasonable timeframe... automatically kick questions off this queue and let them go to homepage after some timeout (say, 1-2 hours) if these haven't got sufficient attention.


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    For the first time on SE, I seriously wish I could upvote something more than once.
    – Ixrec
    Mar 30, 2015 at 23:29
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    The only issue that I have with this is that these questions are already getting triaged; the small number of people on Programmers who are actively curating the site already see these questions, discuss them in The Whiteboard, and vote to close them. Apr 1, 2015 at 16:35
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    Small rant: more people should get involved with this process instead of spending their time pontificating over a site name change/clarification which is never going to happen and which won't stop the bad questions anyway. Apr 1, 2015 at 16:35
  • @RobertHarvey I see. I think a lot depends on how good is SO quality scoring. If it manages to reliably pick triage-worthy questions, this may even help expand current group of "active triagers". You see, current way is much based on personal trust and I for one can understand reluctance of not very involved site regulars joining it ("who's that guy Robert Harvey and why does he freaks out about this question"). System-based, automatic, "unbiased" triage selection could lower this barrier for participation
    – gnat
    Apr 1, 2015 at 16:54
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    One of the principal motivators for a triage queue is the sheer number of questions that Stack Overflow gets, a dynamic that does not exist here. Apr 1, 2015 at 17:06
  • @RobertHarvey 28 linked questions suggest that we've got our own "dynamics" in these
    – gnat
    Apr 1, 2015 at 17:09
  • @gnat: We get that many bad questions on SO in a 30 minute window. Apr 1, 2015 at 19:17
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    @RobertHarvey I know. I doubt though that it's what SO regulars really see (who in their sane mind would look at unfiltered questions page over there). Folks look through tag pages, and these are often closer in traffic (and in amount of garbage, respectively) to Programmers
    – gnat
    Apr 1, 2015 at 19:21
  • ...300+ upvotes to that famous wall of cr@p complaint at MSO could easily be from tag regulars who discovered that what bothers them at their "local" tag pages is actually a site wide problem
    – gnat
    Apr 1, 2015 at 21:45
  • Most of the bad questions seem to come from those with reputation of exactly 1. There should be a way of helping noobs without polluting the main site. Sometimes they need direction to FAQs, other times, to other sites.
    – Erik Eidt
    Oct 1, 2015 at 21:51


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