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The ServerFault question (What are the advantages of tape drives?) actually has 19 votes. The Code Review question (How can I improve this series of if/else statements?)? Six. Is this number not a vote count, or is this a bug?

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marked as duplicate by Linuxios, bluefeet, Martijn Pieters, gnat, Hugo Dozois Nov 5 '13 at 17:55

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It is not a vote count – juergen d Nov 5 '13 at 16:11
That's the question's "hotness" rating. – mikeTheLiar Nov 5 '13 at 16:15
@mikeTheLiar: Thanks. – Linuxios Nov 5 '13 at 16:15
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That's not the number of votes, it's the question's "hotness" rating. You'll notice each successive answer has a lower score - the "hottest" questions at the topic, descending into the questions that are only warm, or down-right cool.

As for how that rating is determined, see How are "Hot" Questions Selected?

And how that formula was decided on, see What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions?

There's also been a ton of discussion about the Hot List and how it could be improved.

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