Current ways of finding popular questions
In the current system there are two ways that you can view questions by popularity:
- You can use the votes view to view all questions that have been popular.
- You can view the currently popular questions in the active view.
Regarding the votes view, usually these questions tend to be older and have received many upvotes for their helpfulness. The quality of the question and its answers have driven the question and its popularity.
In the active view, it can be easily apparent which questions are receiving the most traffic and receiving the most upvotes.
Possible problems with creating a popularity view for questions
- Question can receive many views because the title is good or very generic.
- Question can receive many views because the issue itself is popular.
I have seen many questions that have many views just because they had good wording in the title. However, once you actually read the question, you realize that the OP just made a minor mistake such as a misspelling of a variable; therefore, all the answers are pretty much useless to others.
I have also seen many questions where the question is good, but there are no good answers. Therefore, the current state of the question is of little use, unless you know the answer of course.
If we allow the votes and just activity of question to show the popularity it helps to remove some of the questions that are not so good or may not be very helpful. I think the current system handles all situations pretty well, but there may be room for improvement.