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Duplicate, maybe. (How to see if a question was a "hot network question"?)


While the HNQ list creates a lot of cross-site traffic (which is wanted), it also causes issues on those sites sometimes, in particular on sites like PuzzlingSE where the 'hotness' of some questions strongly distorts the "voting = quality" paradigm.

However, I'm not about fixing HNQ here. Instead, I'm wondering if there is a good method to find out (via query or otherwise) if a question has in the past ever been placed on the HNQ list. ( See also: What stats should I track in an HNQ list monitor? )

And if not, I would like to propose this as a general feature request. The information whether or not a question has been on HNQ is a valueable meta-info which ideally should be captured in the database.

It would allow

  • easy flagging of such questons in some site design (i.e. an addtional icon)

  • easy filtering for/against such questions in the search query

  • notification and user statistics ( see: Should we be notified if we make it onto HNQ? )

  • interesting analysis of the impact of HNQ in various contexts

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    I see that this is tagged data-explorer. Exposing it in SEDE depends on SE exposing it via the database schema; right now there's no hotness data for SEDE to report. – Monica Cellio Jun 26 '17 at 21:23
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    @MonicaCellio Yes, that's the idea/request. I think it would be exactly what's needed. – BmyGuest Jun 27 '17 at 5:30
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    If you want a temporary solution, there are some userscripts that directly tell you if a question is on the hot network, like SOX. – Sir Cumference Nov 26 '17 at 18:22

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