In hot questions tab Hot Questions, I can't determine which sorts of order was invoke. By hoverring on hot tab , below message was appeared.

Questions with the most views,answers and votes over the last few days

But in case , that's similar randomly.

  • not order by view counts
  • not by answer counts
  • not by vote points ( up or down or up + down )
  • and not by date-time

I thought , "ah ! first top of question was hottest and followed by others with orderly." As hover message that I described (brief information of tab ) , I assume these are ordered by

view counts > answer counts > vote counts ....

Can anyone explain to me ?

  • It's ordered by points/score. Let me find the formula... here it is. Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 8:00

1 Answer 1


It's ordered by "hotness points". The formula to calculate those points can be found here.

If you're too lazy to calculate yourself, you can hover the title of any hot question in the list:

And until the new top bar with the new MultiCollider rolls out to all the sites, you can see it there too:

  • Thanks for valuable answers...I think orderring by hotness points , that will not familiar for newbie ( as like me ). :D
    – Cataclysm
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 8:12
  • @Cataclysm true, that's not trivial indeed. :) Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 8:41

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