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On Community♦'s page if says and I quote :

{Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention}

What algorithm is used for this random throws of questions ? Does it bring up useful questions only ? How ?

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    $\begingroup$ I think there is some minimum score below which questions are not poked. Aside from that I believe it is random. It is certainly the case that it dredges up some real stinkers from time to time. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Jan 16 '14 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ I hate to interrupt the random discussion. Here's a related one. Wait, am I in the right place? We're in the meta, right? :D $\endgroup$ – Waffle's Crazy Peanut Jan 17 '14 at 5:49

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