I have this query at the start of my index.php:
<?php query_posts($query_string . '&cat=-5'); ?>
It prevents displaying of posts from the category with the id "5" from showing in the homepage.
I also have this query:
<?php query_posts('showposts=6'); ?>
It shows only 6 posts on the homepage (a number different from the one I chose under "Blog posts show at most" in Settings >> Reading. This is because I need 20 posts to show in my archive and category pages and only 6 on the homepage.
Problem is, either one of these two tags work - not both. If I put both together everything falls apart. I don't get 6 posts and the pagination and everything breaks. Can these two queries be combined in any way to work together?