On the main page, I know that the HNQs are sorted by "hotness points", in descending order.
However, this order is not used when displaying HNQ in the sidebar on various sites. (Or for the one single HNQ which is displayed in the feed of the mobile apps.)
Neither is there enough space to display all the HNQs in the sidebar at once, so only a selection is shown.
So how are these picked, and how is the order determined ?
- Is it a totally random selection and ordering of the current HNQs?
- Will all users see the same HNQs on any given page at a particular time?
- Does number of "hotness points" affect the likeliness that a certain HNQ will be displayed on a page?
- Will the system rotate the HNQs across different pages so that all can be seen?
- Are there other factors?