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I come to stack overflow to ask specific questions and read the answers for specific questions. Sometimes I also answer a few questions. However, I noticed that since the "hot questions" drop down was implemented, when I check my inbox I sometimes spot an interesting question, click on it and get distracted. Before I know, I spend 20 minutes answering an unrelated question and another 20 minutes reading though existing answers and I have long forgotten the original question I googled. This means I spend way more time on stack overflow, than I would spend otherwise. Unfortunately, this also has a negative effect on the amount of work done.
When I work, I usually block facebook and reddit to prevent myself from being distracted. Since I started doing this, my productivity has increased a great deal. I always considered stackoverflow a work related website that didn't have this problem. Until "hot questions" came along.
I understand that "hot questions" is a nice feature to have when someone is browsing for interesting topics. It also drives traffic to the website by extending the time the average user spends on the site. However, as an end user who uses stackoverflow for work, I want to stay focused and minimize distraction.
Therefore, is it possible to disable the hot question button or make the inbox the default view? If not, is there any third party extension that I could use to hide it?
Edit: Wow, I didn't expect that this question would invoke such hostility. I think hot questions is a great feature when you're in "looking for interesting stuff" mode. But when you're in "getting things done" mode, it's a distraction. At least to me. I know that everyone on this site is perfect and never has looked at a youtube funny cat video during their work hours, but I must admit that I have. And it actually resulted in less work done. And to me it does help that youtube is blocked when I work, because I'm not perfect, and there's a chance that I would still end up there somehow in some way as it happened to me in the past a few times... and please don't get me started about facebook and reddit...