I have been a regular user of the UX Stack Exchange website for about 2 years and I have always wondered about what brings more views to the question. And not just within the aforementioned site or across the internal network but outside as well.
I failed to notice any patterns as such but I did see strangely high traffic on certain questions while sometimes noticed no traffic at all for questions with great value and popular tags. Also, the activity on the question also seems to affect it differently. It makes sense for a question with 10 or 20+ answers to have a high view count. But questions with 1 or 2 answers also tend to have high traffic.
This made me curious as to what makes a question on this network "hot". Do certain tags improve the visibility? Does posting at a certain time matter? Or is it just completely at the mercy of the internet gods?