I referred to the following questions: How do these arbitrary hotness points work? and What changed in the Hot Questions sidebar algorithm? on MSE, but I am still curious to know whether questions that have an active bounty are also considered and counted to appear in Hot Network Question Section.

Can a bounty question which has received several upvotes and a healthy view count still enter the HNQ?

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    As far as I know, bounty does not affect in any way the hot questions algorithm. Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 11:27
  • This is already asked in a bigger scope. Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 11:30
  • HEY!! The original question linked has no answers!!! Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 13:30
  • So what? It was asked before, that is the meaning of duplicates. Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 13:35
  • Nop, it feels little weird: See this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/261270/… Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 13:41
  • @KaranDesai well the second point in the answer applies..
    – Suraj Rao
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 15:22
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    @ShadowWizard This is not a duplicate. The older question is asking how effective is the bounty system for a question's visibility. Instead THIS question asks whether a bountied question can also enter the HNQ. The two are not the same and what's worse there are no answers in the older question. Now, if I wanted to post an almost similar question to this one, will that too be closed as a duplicate of a question with no answers? Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 21:09
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    If this question is reopened, I would like to place a small bounty on it. Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 21:10
  • I initially reviewed to leave this closed, but I read the second-to-last comment above and voted to reopen it. Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 21:30
  • @Sonic I don't have enough rep to see the reopen history page, I suspect it has been rejected by three users. Has it? Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 10:52
  • @Mari-LouA Yes, it has. But I've sought out reopen votes in chat. By the way, if you access the post timeline (/posts/[post ID]/timeline) you can see links to all completed reviews for a post. Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 10:56
  • @Mari-LouA Sorry, still think it's duplicate. If someone knows the answer for sure, they can add answer to the other question. Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 10:58
  • @ShadowWizard the older question mentions HQN in passing, as an afterthought. The main focus of the older question is another, and questions without answers should not be used to close newer questions, which are phrased more clearly and simply. Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 11:01
  • You leave me with no choice but to write up a new question, which I will endeavor to make on-topic and not closeable as a duplicate. C'mon, don't make me do this. Let me add a bounty to this question. Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 11:04
  • @Mari-LouA it's not "afterthought", it's part of bigger scope. Think of the "full rate limit guide" here on MSE for example. All kinds of rate limits belong there, so we don't go and post a different question for each type of rate limit. Right? Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 11:08

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Yes, this happens. Since August 4th this year, I've counted 18 instances of a question with an active bounty in the Hot Network Questions list:

Two questions were already in the HNQ with an active bounty when I started scraping:

The first 16 questions were already in the HNQ list just before the bounty was posted (I can't tell anything about the other two).


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