I have (belatedly) accessed the Twitter feed and was surprised to see that in the last 24 hours there has a preponderance of meta questions highlighted. Given that linking there will expose our "family room voices" rather than our "front room manners" (to use an old expression), is this how the system is meant to operate?

If it is, are others aware that our "more robust" comments on meta are being advertised in this way?

I didn't even know there was a Twitter feed. What is the Twitter name? –  Canadian Girl Scout Nov 4 '12 at 5:04
Look at twitter.com/StackGenealogy –  Fortiter Nov 5 '12 at 3:41

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This is a deliberate design feature. and on Meta sites are included in the pool of potential candidates for which to identify "interesting" posts. This is done both to help promote the presence of the meta site and also to let people know "Hey, here's something interesting that's brewing in this community from a governance standpoint".

We do not include items with or since those are less of the "interesting" stuff and more just the knitty-gritty of fixing up the site and making everything work for both the community and the mechanisms.

In this context, I presume that "we" means Community Management? –  Fortiter Nov 2 '12 at 1:02
Am I the only person puzzled by the fact that a meta question (1186) posed on 19 Oct and not active since 23 Oct was deemed to be sufficiently "interesting" to be tweeted on 30 Oct? Or that the fact we do NOT HAVE a newsletter (1196) was breaking news on 29 Oct? –  Fortiter Nov 2 '12 at 3:08
"We" in this context means Stack Exchange Inc. In that, since it was our dev team that wrote the algorithm, it was our choice to not include those items. As for the selection method, it's not the most robust or intelligent of algorithms, at times. It just needs posts that hit certain criteria thresholds (to which I do not know the numbers off the top of my head). –  Grace Note Nov 2 '12 at 13:52

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