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Apparently one of the single-use accounts is now setting the example for questions to asks and answers to give. Is there a way to fix this on the tour page? (Otherwise I could say we've been epically trolled.)

  • Perfectly on brand – K Dog Oct 14 at 8:16

It seems like the question was picked by an algorithm. However, we as moderators are able to manually override the selection of the algorithm by picking from one of its top picks.

From those questions which the algorithm offered me, I have picked the question "Can a General Election be called by a new Prime Minister?" for now, because it is a typical political process question with no ideological baggage attached and a well sourced answer. However, it's not the perfect example, because the accepted answer is contradicted by an unaccepted answer with a much higher score.

So I am open to other proposals in this regard. The questions the algorithm offers us right now are:

If you think we should pick one of these questions instead, feel free to post a competing answer to this question.


I like this quesiton:

In the US, can a former president run again?

  1. It's a simple, clear, objective question
  2. There's a well-written, highly-upvoted, accepted answer
  3. It's not controversial or about current-events
  • Are you sure the tour-page algorithm cannot override the accepted answer? If it can make up answer scores, I don't see why couldn't change the accepted answer. Frankly the tour-page algorithm seems to have a bias against long answers, so it might pick one of those off-putting short ones to that question. – Fizz Oct 7 at 17:49
  • @Fizz Maybe? It respected the accepted answer in the tour that's up there now, so I see no reason to think it would change that. Changing scores makes sense to show the upvote/accept process, changing acceptance wouldn't help with that. But I have no data to back that up. – divibisan Oct 7 at 18:00

Looking back at the 2nd question (the one that was featured when I asked), I see that the "algorithm" has pinocchios built in. Specifically, it elevated an answer with +2/-1 (so +1 total score) to +4 somehow, and checked it as accepted, which I'm not sure it ever was.

So the only safe workaround for the current algorithm seems to be so select a question with no contradictory (or bad) answers, otherwise the algorithm can make any question look silly on the tour page (by picking the worst non-deleted answer and making it look "best".)

So a non-controversial question in this regard is probably

Are government ministers elected anywhere?

Of course it has very "meh" answers and one can argue that it's barely suitable for the SE format as there's no clear best answer there right now (nor is it clear what the best answer should look like for question like that), although the tour-page algorithm will probably pick one!

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    I believe the changed scores are a deliberate attempt to show how upvoting and accepting answers works. In the animation, the answer that is in reality the accepted answer is upvoted and accepted to let it rise to the top. The scores are changed to allow that to happen. I think the most important thing is for the accepted answer to be good and the 2nd best answer to be not terrible – divibisan Oct 7 at 17:55

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