Actually, I like HNQ, and I'd love to see some of those questions from time to time. However, it's a distraction when I'm working, so I would like to disable it (when/where I'm working). In Edit profile and settings > SITE SETTINGS > Preferences, we have Hide Hot Network Questions, which is good. But after checking it, there is no way to unhide it when I don't mind seeing them (without going through the settings again and the possibility of forgetting to turn it back on afterward).

I would suggest that we either add:

  • a collapsible HNQ pane that shows just a title and an unhide/expand button; or

  • a per-browser HNQ setting

I know there are userscripts that do the same thing (hide/unhide), so why don't we make it part of this site?

  • I just noticed that stackexchange.com can be used to view HNQ regardless of the preference setting.
    – zypA13510
    Mar 17, 2020 at 14:03

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I'd simply have the checkbox be copied to the sidebar as well, above the HNQ list:

Hot questions list with checkbox above it

This is a simple UI, and it does not require extensive development or design work.

  • Is that checkbox value stored in a cookie?
    – rene
    Mar 5, 2020 at 7:23
  • @rene no, it's cross device, just checked now. Ticked the box on PC, and HNQ was also hidden on my mobile device. It's stored in a network level, so also doesn't appear to be Redis cache. Worth asking Nick how it works. :) Mar 5, 2020 at 7:30
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    I think an expand/collapse button has the following advantage: 1) allows a default state to be set in profile settings 2) It's neat (either a chevron-down/chevron-right on the left, or a chevron-down/chevron-up on the right, just takes a single icon, and everybody knows what it does)
    – zypA13510
    Mar 5, 2020 at 8:28

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