I accidentally noted that a particular question does not appear on the list of questions when I am not signed in. The question comes up in the top five once I am logged in. Why is this so?

Is it a bug in the feature?


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As Charles notes, the list of questions on the homepage is altered for anonymous users: instead of listing recently-modified posts, it attempts to pick questions that may provide a good example of what the site's about.

Currently, that means it's very similar to the monthly hot questions list.

If you want to view a list of recently-modified questions without logging in, you can find it in the active questions list.

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The ordering of questions when unlogged seems to be quite different from that observed when logged in. I can observe the behaviour you're mentioning with other questions, so it doesn't seem to be specific to that question.

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