Occasionally, I notice that one of my questions on meta.askubuntu.com reappears in the Community Bulletin section, despite, when I click on it, there are no apparent changes. For example, today: enter image description here

My question, Should I add another flag as well?, is from the 23rd, and I don't think any changes were made. Additionally, there were no extra upvotes on it (although I don't think this bumps questions - correct me if I'm wrong); I know this because I'd already received the "Nice Question" badge on the 27th.

Why do old questions occasionally "float to the surface" again?

  • Please see meta.askubuntu.com/questions/660/… for an explanation.
    – guntbert
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 20:05
  • It doesn't meet those criteria, though, because it has an accepted and upvoted answer. For all intents and purposes, it is "closed".
    – ananaso
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:45
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    @guntbert That ... actually has nothing to do with this. The Community Bulletin is not related to the bumping of questions - which, as far as I remember, doesn't really happen on meta anyways.
    – user98085
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 22:42
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    See Nailing it up on your Community Bulletin Board.
    – jokerdino Mod
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 6:19

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The process is described here:

If there are still under 4 items, the rest of the space is filled with hot discussion questions not marked status-completed, scoring at least 3 and posted within the past two weeks. These are picked semi-randomly. At least one of these will always be added to the list, even if it pushes the length over 4.

The list refreshes every 20 minutes or so, and since qualifying meta questions are selected randomly it's not uncommon to see questions pop in and out of the list as chance dictates.

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