A common situation is that a question becomes a Hot Network Question, but it reflects poorly on the site it comes from due to any of the following reasons:
- Has a clickbaity or controversial title that will not draw in the sort of traffic the site wants
- Is not suitable for many workplace environments
- Poor grammar or misspellings, especially in the title (e.g. "does you win if you doesn't realize you have won?")
- Undescriptive title (e.g. "Sci-fi book I read as a kid")
- Spoilers in the title for newly released media (a good portion of The Force Awakens plot could be determined just by reading HNQ titles in the weekend it was released)
- Questions that ought to be closed, but question views are outstripping review queue votes
A Hot Network Question review queue would help address these issues. Options in the queue would be to:
- Vote to add to the Hot Network Questions list
- Vote to blacklist it from Hot Network Questions
- Do other moderation activities (e.g. edit it, close vote it) before voting
This sort of queue would allow sites to present their best questions to the world, rather than the most controversial, or ones that would be potentially problematic.
This has already been proposed in answers to Breaking the HNQ feedback loop on bad questions (awarded a 50 point bounty) and Encourage active users to edit Hot Questions, especially titles (awarded a 150 point bounty). And now it is a common suggestion in Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?