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I'm concerned by the fact that the main page of Theoretical Computer Science is usually filled with many (around 50%) "bad" questions, i.e., questions that have received many downvotes or have even been closed.

I understand the need to show new questions to the community and not bury them instantaneously, but I'm concerned it's making the site look bad to a newcomer, and it is personally inconvenient for me.

So I have three variants of the same question:

  • Is there a way for "the community" to hide bad questions from the front page? (Let's say the ones that are closed or have score <= -3 or something.)
  • Is there a link I can give to the site which would hide these questions (to make it more appealing to a newcomer)?
  • Can I, personally, configure my profile to hide these bad questions from my view of the front page?
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Is there a way for "the community" to hide bad questions from the front page? (Let's say the ones that are closed or have score <= -3 or something.

That happens already, but the threshold is -4 or lower. You can still view those questions via other question lists, e.g. https://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions

Is there a link I can give to the site which would hide these questions (to make it more appealing to a newcomer)?

Not sure if it's a good link to share, but this search query lists the newest questions with a score of 0 or higher. See the Help Center article How do I search? for more options.

Can I, personally, configure my profile to hide these bad questions from my view of the front page?

No. You can ignore certain tags but not questions under a certain score.

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  • $\begingroup$ OK thanks! Indeed the search result link isn't a great URL to share. So yeah it doesn't look like there is a good solution to the problem... but many thanks for listing these options! $\endgroup$ – a3nm Jun 19 at 22:33
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    $\begingroup$ The -4 threshold is adequate for large sites such as SO, but on a small site like here, a higher number (say, -2) would perhaps works better. But I don’t know if this would have any chance as a feature request. $\endgroup$ – Emil Jeřábek Jun 25 at 12:53

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