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As I browse around pretty much anywhere in Stack Exchange, I can't help but notice that the list of "Hot Network Questions" doesn't seem to be consistent. Not only is the order not consistent between different SE pages, the content of the list itself is not always the same.

Is it meant to be randomized like this, and if so, why?

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    Yes, it's meant to be random on every page load. – ShaWiz Dec 28 '16 at 19:08
  • Good to know. Thanks. – Bob Dec 29 '16 at 12:57
  • Cheers, and the reason is given in the dupe, to increase traffic. – ShaWiz Dec 29 '16 at 13:01

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