I recently noticed that when an answer has a positive amount of votes, It looks exactly the same as when there are no votes. On the other hand, when an answer has a negative amount of votes it fades when the mouse is not hovering over it. Does this fade increase with the amount of negative votes, or is it the same for all negatives?

  • I'm not entirely sure about the exact trigger, but a similar thing happens with questions: if a question reaches -3 votes, it is banished from the front page. Apr 3, 2016 at 5:37
  • cool, thanks for the info.
    – Parzival
    Apr 3, 2016 at 14:39

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The fade comes into effect at a score of -3. It's basically an easy way to distinguish good answers from bad ones.

  • It's different on meta though right? It seems to be about -7 or -8
    – Robotnik Mod
    Apr 2, 2016 at 17:34
  • @Robotnik This answer is at -3 and greyed out on meta (The question is a great collection of downvoted answers on meta in general.)
    – MrLemon
    Apr 4, 2016 at 9:36
  • @MrLemon - Ah, I remember what it was now. A question at < -3 won't be shown on the frontpage, on meta it's < -8
    – Robotnik Mod
    Apr 20, 2016 at 3:21

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