Umm. Ok, I have to confess something. Ever since "Section-only" vs. "Front Page" has been implemented, we've had a HUGE bug in effect. I fixed it (I hope) about 30 seconds ago.
Basically it goes like this: Every "Don't Care" and "Dump it" vote was counting toward a front page posting -- not in terms of score, but in terms of categorization. So basically, when a story did go up, and it came time to decide whether it was section only or not, the comparison was:
("Front page" + "Don't Care" + "Dump It") <> ( "Section Only")
The first bit, obviously, almost *always* was larger.
Soooo. That's why so much stuff has been front paging. We're not all as dumb as we thought we were -- I'm just way dumber than any of you thought I was. Um. Feel free to use this thread to berate me savagely.
In light of the preceeding, I think we should wait and see what the *real* behavior looks like, before we go limiting what can and can't go front page. I'm really sorry about this... it very much sucks. Hopefully it's fixed now. And great big huge thanks to Bob Galloway for reading the code and noticing it, and emailing me. Saved all our sanity. Thanks, Bob.
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