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Over on Sustainability.SE, we've been keeping track of questions that hit the HNQ whenever we find them. We're a small site, and like getting on the list because it brings in new users. Case in point -- two questions today hit the HNQ, and already some of the users that were attracted have written some good questions and answers.

Currently, you can tell if a question is on the HNQ list by checking its revision history. This is useful if you're looking at a question and it feels a bit hot. However, you can't find this without looking at each question, and for those with no revisions you have to key in the right URL.

Would it be possible to automatically add a [tag:HNQ] to these questions?

It seems that this could be useful for anyone reviewing the question who didn't get there from the sidebar list.

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However, you can't find this without looking at each question, and for those with no revisions you have to key in the right URL.

I have two options for you to make this a lot easier:

Use SEDE!

With a little SQL magic and the help of SEDE, you can actually pull up all of your HNQ questions pretty quickly. I mocked up a query to do just that. See it here.

This is possible because HNQ inclusions (and removals) were added as a new Post History type.

Note that since the SEDE db is updated every Sunday, you may be a little behind looking at this data. So I'd use this more as a historic view.

If you want to know right when you have questions hitting the list, then...

Use RSS!

If SEDE is really not enough, you can hook into this third party HNQ RSS feed: http://lackadaisical-appeal.glitch.me/

I've seen this hooked up to a few chatrooms around the network so anyone in the chatroom is notified the instant a new question on the site goes Hot.

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    Except that with SEDE you'll probably be the last to know about HNQs, since the data's only updated on Sundays. – Laurel Nov 16 '19 at 3:38
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    Good call @Laurel, edited that in to make it more clear of the use cases for SEDE vs. RSS. Thanks! – scohe001 Nov 16 '19 at 3:40

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