Recently one questions on Web Applications (WA) reached the HNQ. This was tagged dns by the OP.

The WA's dns tag excerpt currently says (emphasis mine)

Domain Name System - Usually questons(sic) about DNS are not questions for end-users of web applications, so they are off-topic for this site.

The WA's tag wiki content currently is

Other sites in the Stack Exchange network that you could check for questions about Domain Name System (DNS) are:

For further help about where to ask a question about DNS, go to https://meta.stackexchange.com

Please avoid that questions tagged with "don't use" / "off-topic for this site" be shown as "hot network questions" specially on small sites that are almost "drama-free" (I'm OK with having some on-topic drama on my beloved WA)

In order that the above happen I think that the ♦ moderators / CM should be able to mark some tags to be exclude questions from be included on HNQ.

What is happening?

  • The self-answered question that triggered this request was posted
  • Apparently it was shared on the wild and it attracted bonus association users who upvoted the question.
  • In a few hours it was marked as HNQ
  • The question was migrated to another site
  • The migration was rejected
  • Those who voted to close the question can't vote to close it again.
    • This is "a problem" because "small sites" have very few user that participate on reviewing questions

In the mean time there are several questions on Meta about the off-topic questions, there was an issue withe the migration-rejection causing that the question were marked as deleted after the migration rejection .

Personally, I'm waiting for ♦ moderators to close the question as off-topic.


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    I don't understand, if the question was off-topic, why not just close it? Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:17
  • @BelovedFool Automating things that can be automated lets humans devote more time to more interesting issues. Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:19
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    @BelovedFool Sometimes the closing as off-topic a question take some time and a drama dosis . I think drama related to off-topic HNQ on small sites sometimes is too much drama and will refrain even more the meta participation
    – Rubén
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:19
  • All questions tagged dns are off topic there? If so, maybe you could follow in M&TV's footsteps where identification questions became off topic - the tags are still there, but you can't tag a question with them. Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:21
  • Yet another downvote for unnecessary features. Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:22
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    @AnneDaunted I didn't found yet a DNS question that could have only the DNS tag that is on-topic on WA. IMHO the DNS tag is a meta-tag on WA.
    – Rubén
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:45
  • @AnneDaunted what is " M&TV's footsteps"?
    – Rubén
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:45
  • @Rubén Movies & TV
    – Tensibai
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:52
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    Moderators have the capability to remove questions from the HNQ.
    – user102937
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 13:56

1 Answer 1


I just thought on an alternative solution, but I'm not sure if including it on the question will make it too broad, so I'm adding it here.

Slowdown the HNQ tagger on small sites, in other words, don't mark as HNQ questions newer than 3 days or if their migration were reject in the last 3 days.

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