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I have noticed that the following question has been among the hot questions of all SE sites during the last ten days. To me, this is an indication that this question should be really appealing (though in this particular case it is not that interesting to me!). So, just out of curiosity, is there any way to find similar questions that have once been hot for a long time?


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Note that it could be that that question is hot now but wasn't so hot 10 days ago. Judging by the post timeline this one has been hot for 10 days though! – Martijn Pieters Dec 30 '12 at 17:31
As for what makes an post 'hot', see What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions? – Martijn Pieters Dec 30 '12 at 17:32
@MartijnPieters I don't think it's possible for an unnoticed post to suddenly become hot after ten days! – Meysam Dec 30 '12 at 17:51
@MartijnPieters How do you access a posts timeline? – Dynamic Dec 30 '12 at 23:34
@Dynamic: add /timeline to the questions/01245 part of the URL. Or use a user script to add a link. – Martijn Pieters Dec 31 '12 at 0:18
related: Does Stack Exchange record when particular question enters and leaves hot list? 'The difference is that... current request is limited strictly to "timeline of changes in a list of 100 elements", possibly recorded "once in an hour or two or... at least once a day' – gnat Aug 22 '14 at 17:30
up vote 7 down vote accepted

There isn't, because we don't keep a history of view counts - a crucial piece of the hottness algorithm (itself a point in time calculation where age is a power factor).

In short: having a history of this would be difficult at best, but currently impossible since a view count history isn't stored.

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However, it wouldn't be hard to store the information about the questions that have landed in hot section. That information must be already at least cached. – Danubian Sailor Jan 14 '14 at 12:37
@ŁukaszL. cached in memory somewhere is totally different from in a database, it's a big ask for not much gain. – Nick Craver Jan 14 '14 at 16:28
FWIW, comment above refers somewhat similar (probably less ambitious?) request which, however, doesn't involve tracking / history of vote counts in any way – gnat Aug 22 '14 at 18:15

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