Here is an example from right-now's hot questions list: enter image description here

The ServerFault question (What are the advantages of tape drives?) actually has 19 votes. The Code Review question (https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/33851/how-can-i-improve-my-code)? Six. Is this number not a vote count, or is this a bug?

  • 6
    It is not a vote count
    – juergen d
    Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 16:11
  • That's the question's "hotness" rating. Commented Nov 5, 2013 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 questions in the 'hot' tab 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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