We're being asked to give feedback on what should be done with the Hot Network Questions list that's shown on the right-hand side of the screen. Ideas range from elaborate—relying on communities on each site to manage candidates for the list, & consuming (as far as I can guess) much development resource—to simple—e.g. just keeping it off the side-bar.
Taking it as read that something must be done, on the basis of what information can it be decided what the best option is?
Does SE measure click-throughs from HNQs, how many are "converted" to sign-up to the target site or post there, anything like that?
Are there survey data, say, on how many users care about having HNQs in the side-bar, or having them at all?
Will site Metas be canvassed for opinions from beyond Meta SE, or to gauge interest in taking on the jobs that might be passed to them?
I'm concerned that SE might be about to embark on a big-ish project to deliver an improvement that doesn't interest many users or deliver significant benefits, at the expense of work that does both.