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Yes, this is the second-chance mechanism described at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11662380 and links back from there. See also https://hn.algolia.com/?dateRange=all&page=0&prefix=false&qu...

And yes, we put the OP in that pool, so it got a placement on the front page. That only lasts for a few minutes, though; after that, if users don't upvote it, it will fall off. Users upvoted this one.

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