I'm new to the Hot Network Questions game (the site on which I am most active recently had it turned on), so I would have thought this question had been addressed already, but my searches both locally and on Google have failed to provide me an answer.
Recently the aforementioned site had two Hot Network Questions:
- one that was quickly answered with two high-quality answers by people other than the OP. (link)
- a second that was quickly answered with a self-answer, then followed a few minutes later by an answer by someone other than the OP. (link)
Since then, I posted a question with a self-answer. In my case, both question and answer were heavily upvoted (at least in comparison with the site average), however, no other answers were given.
Running the numbers of my post through the formula in the above linked Meta post, and comparing that number to the values that served as the threshold for the previous HNQs, it appeared that my question should have made the list easily.
So I'm curious: did I make a calculation error, or not account for some variable not included in the formula? Or does the HNQ formula discount or disqualify questions that have only a single self-answer?
Update: This question, also with one answer, currently has similar scores to my question after the same amount of time, and it does appear on the HNQ list.