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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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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. – 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
  • 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 Sep 11 '18 at 14:32

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