There is now a 3-day limit for the HNQ. But what was the longest amount of time that a question stayed on the HNQ for prior to that limit being instituted? I'd imagine some questions having stayed on the HNQ for well over a week.

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    prior to shuffling the sidebar was introduced, longest documented amount was 16 days, see Don't let questions stick to the top of the hot questions list forever – gnat Feb 22 '17 at 7:36
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    I found a mention of a question that was on HNQ for 9 days after the changes were made. I haven't found anything longer than that. – pacoverflow Apr 5 '17 at 6:10
  • @gnat Recently I noticed a question that was on the HNQ for 10 days. I remember it seeing it on June 14, somewhere around the 70th position on HNQ. I forgot to check it after that to see how much longer it stayed on HNQ - maybe it lasted to 11 days? – pacoverflow Jun 18 '18 at 3:29
  • good catch, it was in HNQ since day one on June 4 and if memory serves I saw it in the list yesterday, meaning it stuck in the list for 13-14 days – gnat Jun 18 '18 at 5:14
  • @gnat I disagree that this is a duplicate given that in the linked question, the answer does not answer my question, nor does the highest HNQ time for any of the questions mentioned in the question/comments (9 days) exceed the highest HNQ time for any of the questions mentioned here (13-14 days). – pacoverflow Mar 12 '19 at 15:06
  • well, I gave it a consideration prior to suggesting duplicate and after weighting pros and cons decided that for question visitors it would be less confusing this way, so that they could clearly see that examples in this list are only historical things and that actual time limit they can observe on current questions is firm and simple 3 days – gnat Mar 12 '19 at 21:32
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    @gnat So if I prepended the following to my question "Prior to questions being limited to 3 days on HNQ...", then it should no longer be a duplicate. – pacoverflow Mar 13 '19 at 21:53

The limit on a question's lifetime in the HNQ has always been limited to 30 days and this limit has recently been decreased to 3 days. So current records are impossible to break in the future, unless the policy changes again.

I've been scraping the HNQ multiple times per day since August 4th, 2018. While this is only a short period in the history of HNQ, these are the questions with the longest appearance in this period:

It's rather interesting that the top 4 (and #8) questions were posted during Winter Bash 2018.

  • The JavaScript (a == 1 && a == 2 && a == 3) one must be the longest. – iBug says Reinstate Monica Mar 14 '19 at 4:34
  • @ɪBᴜɢ you mean this? It was posted before the data collection started so we really can't know. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Mar 14 '19 at 8:49
  • @ɪBᴜɢ I'm not 100% sure, but it looks it wasn't on the HNQ list on January 29th, 14 days after posting. At least not on the first 30 and the last 50. The last trace I could find is on Jan 25th. You might be confused by one of its clones. – Glorfindel Mar 14 '19 at 10:23
  • Also, the timeline shows a decline of upvotes after the 26th. It looks like it managed at most 11 days, not enough to make the list. – Glorfindel Mar 14 '19 at 10:23

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