Yesterday the Super User question What does XP in Windows XP stand for? was on the SE network Hot Question's list. That question is now on Hold. I also notice it's no longer on the Hot Question list.

Does putting a question on Hold remove it from the Hot Question's list?

I reviewed the Meta question What formula should be used to determine “hot” questions? but did not find my answer there.

I've never personally seen a hot question that was also on hold, but I'm asking this question in hopes of an answer based on more authority than my own fallible opinion.

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    I'm pretty sure it does, but I also can't find anywhere this is documented. Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:31
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    Related: meta.stackexchange.com/a/287732, has an answer, but not conclusive. Still looking for an official comment on it.
    – Jason C
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 20:18
  • There is also meta.stackexchange.com/a/212835 but I did not read it closely enough to know if it answers the question. It does seem vague, though.
    – Jason C
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 20:22
  • @JasonC The second question you linked doesn't appear to answer the question. Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 20:28
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    @Twisty Well, the HNQ used to be in the drop-down instead of in the side bar, so it's about the same list. But yeah I dunno.
    – Jason C
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 20:33

2 Answers 2


Yes, on hold/closed questions are excluded from the Hot Network Questions list as mentioned here:

  • Closed questions are excluded

Note that the HNQ list is heavily cached (it might be up to one hour as far as I remember), so if a question enters the list and only then is put on hold, it won't be removed right away.


I do not know whether questions placed On Hold are removed from the Hot Network Questions list, and from comments on this question whether that happens seems uncertain, but I think that they should be removed.

Since anything on the Hot Network Questions list is likely to be seen by many users of many sites I think we want these questions to be great examples of what can be achieved using the Stack Exchange protocols for focussed Q&A.

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