Why hide a hot question?

  • You've read it.
  • You're not interested.
  • You want to see more hotness.


  • Add an 'X' beside each hot question.
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    Easier said then done.
    – JonH
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 20:23
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    @JonH Always :) - One possibility: Keep 'X'ed questions in cookies and request more when needed.
    – Briguy37
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 20:36
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    @monkeymatrix: my interest in the Hot Questions list peaked shortly after it was introduced.
    – user7116
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 20:55
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    Especially since certain "Hot" questions stick in the list for days... Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 21:27
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    @Briguy37 - It's definetly more complex then that, and storing such a thing in a cookie is not a good idea. The minute those cookies are cleared your questions come up again. It's not a good design model.
    – JonH
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 15:11
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    @JonH - So it works, but you have to re-'X' questions if you delete your cookies. Is that really "not a good design model"?
    – Briguy37
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 15:46
  • Yes its really not a good design model, you shouldn't store something like a hot question in a cookie.
    – JonH
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 16:10
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    @JonH - To clarify, the ids of the questions you no longer wish to see would be stored in a cookie, not the questions themselves. You'd then retrieve those id's via JavaScript and filter out your 'Hot Questions' results based on them. If you don't have enough hot questions to display, you'd request more with an AJAX call. Since these id's are neither crucial to keep (id's from days ago will rarely get used, if ever), nor memory-intensive (an id is small), I truly don't understand why it is a bad idea to store them in a cookie. Thus, will you please explain your point?
    – Briguy37
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 16:36
  • related: Hide questions I downvoted from my Hot Questions view - which yields the benefit of storing the "uninterestingness" in a downvote, though one might of course want to hide unvoted questions sometimes as well Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 9:19
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    +1. I would prefer to hide the "Hot Network Questions" section completely.
    – phs
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 19:17
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    @phs - I too would prefer to hide the entire list; I find it incredibly distracting. Commented May 1, 2014 at 17:34
  • @Superstringcheese That's really easy client-side actually if it really bothers you. Just set up a userscript for the site that runs document.getElementById('hot-network-questions').style.display="none";
    – Cruncher
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 20:20
  • There is a duplicate of this question with some other interesting solutions meta.stackexchange.com/questions/222721/…
    – laika
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 15:10

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Yes please. Today a question is on the hot questions list that I do not want to see any more. It is a single word request (not my fave by any means) for a particular kind of nasty crime. I won't ask for a word filter to exclude questions with "rape" in the title, but I would really like to be able to x this question on one site and not have it offered to me again. Like we do with Facebook ads.

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    Separate from the broader request above, I'd like to ensure we have a way (at least as a human-excpetion-handling) to suppress posts with triggers or that generally are appropriate on-site, but not for a broader audience that hasn't elected to go there. I don't like seeing that question title either. I'm editing it to mitigate a little, but will look into an override option.
    – Jaydles
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 16:33
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    @Jaydles: someone's gonna have to make a feature request for awarding bounties to comments or edits :) Until then, +6 in spirit! Commented May 8, 2014 at 16:49
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    @NickStauner (and Kate), just FYI, we're implementing a very short blacklist in the next week or two. Initially, it'll just suppress posts with a few trigger terms in the titles from hot questions, but the team will be able to add terms as we encounter posts that cause distress, etc.
    – Jaydles
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 14:56
  • @Jaydles thanks! much appreciated! Commented May 14, 2014 at 14:57
  • @KateGregory, no thanks needed - it was bothering me, too, but your highlighting it spurred me to actually try to find a quick solution, so thank you!
    – Jaydles
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 14:58
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    Just FYI: the blacklist @Jaydles was talking about went live a couple weeks ago.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 5:08
  • Maybe chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hide-hot-network-question/… can help you out.
    – serv-inc
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 16:48

Ideally, this is how I want this to look like:

Which will result in:

The setting will be remembered across all sites, i.e. if you hide on arqade, it wil be hidden on Stack Overflow as well and vice versa.

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    Hot Network Questions are very distracting. Just being able to toggle them visible or hidden would save many of us hours per week in lost focus. I don't want to have to use adblock because I use multiple machines, and can't reliably install plugins. Also, I see the HNQ as something which reduces the total value of SE, even if it boosts traffic to newer SE sites.
    – Mnebuerquo
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 11:32
  • @Mnebuerquo regarding your last sentence: chat.meta.stackexchange.com/transcript/89?m=5289644#5289644 Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 12:03
  • Thanks, @Shadow . I thought it was something like that. I want it to be an opt-in/opt-out rather than a permanent fixture though.
    – Mnebuerquo
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 12:57

I personally would like to remove particular sites (namely Movies and Sci-Fi/Fantasy) from the Hot Questions because they frequently contain spoilers.

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    +1. A problem exacerbated for book readers by the fact that "The Winds of Winter" has not yet been released.... >:(
    – Wildcard
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 22:13

As long as this isn't implemented: If you're using Firefox here's two ways to disable:

Either get Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus. Choose "Select an element to hide" and click on the Hot questions:

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or find your profile folder and in the chrome directory of the profile directory, create the file userContent.css with the following content:

#hot-network-questions {
  display: none;
  • For Chrome users: have a look at Stylish extension with userstyles.org/styles/98190/…
    – laika
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 15:11
  • It works also with GreaseMonkey
    – laika
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 8:53
  • how to unhide element that is hidden using element-hider?
    – user13107
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 2:08
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    Also works with AdBlock for Chrome.
    – Mark Meuer
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 12:28
  • I had to restart FF 57 for the change to take effect. Commented May 16, 2018 at 12:18

Based on this answer, this is how I set up my Firefox userContent.css file so that they're blurred by default still, but I can mouse hover over to unblur, when I'm interested in a distraction.

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#hot-network-questions {
  filter: blur(5px);

#hot-network-questions:hover {
  filter: - blur(0px); !important;

Expanding on this and Kate's answer, I would like to see this:

  1. Filtering questions that match tags per Stack if I have an account there (e.g., I put the [android] tag on the normal SO, and it is highlighted, while [ios] is filtered out.) Similar to Almo's answer, but it is based on a wider user preferences.

  2. At least have an option to hide the right sidebar, maybe even per area (not only just for the Network Questions, but for the Linked and Related as well; in some cases, it is annoying to see them) or per question (with some HTML manipulation, this could be done easily).

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