Based only loosely on How are questions in the 'hot' tab selected?
Some people seem to enjoy landing with their posts on the frontpage, possibly influencing their reputation quite massively (either up or down). But this comes sometimes at a high price for the quality of the whole post. Since SE is supposed to be a community of experts quality of content is judged by votes. Fine so far. But as lamented here before in various forms: Attracting large numbers of visitors from other communities can also be quite detrimental in so far that some ("non experts"?) start a bandwagon or hop on one, thereby letting a somehow popular answer triumph over a more technical, more proper, or more correct one. In conversation I was told that sometimes length alone would be reason for a certain voting behaviours (Distinguishing here between unwanted one-liners, chatty page fillers and appropriately or necessarily lengthy answers, if the topic is complex).
How do I translate into a practical strategy the algorithm for HNQs to make as sure as possible that neither a question nor – more importantly an answer – will trigger a HNQ by my actions? Is timing the key? If I suspect that HNQness might do no good to the topic: Should I avoid answering for the time being if the question is "in danger of going hot"?