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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There isn't, because we don't keep a history of view counts - a crucial piece of the hotness 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.

  • 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. Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 12:37
  • @ŁukaszL. cached in memory somewhere is totally different from in a database, it's a big ask for not much gain. Commented Jan 14, 2014 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
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 18:15
  • Note that the view count doesn't appear in the formula anymore. Right now, the only thing that prevents us from calculating the score from SEDE is the granularity of the vote dates.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 14:32

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