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Auto-protect questions that get more than N answers from new users in a 24-hour period

Expanding the criteria for auto-protection has been discussed in the past: Should we automatically protect all questions with more than N answers? But I think that discussion addresses the wrong ...
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Automatically protect questions that hit the Hot Questions list [duplicate]

I have noticed that moderators on sites tend to protect questions that hit the top questions lists. This is probably to mitigate the deluge of answers that hot questions are likely to get, mostly ...
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New measures to reduce bad answer flood on high traffic questions [duplicate]

I think it is a fairly well recognized phenomenon that questions in some tags attract more terrible answers at faster speed than others. And the site already does a fairly decent job at taking care of ...
Tim Seguine's user avatar
246 votes
75 answers

2014 SO Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

In connection with the Stack Overflow moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
211 votes
32 answers

What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions?

Right now the front page Popular tab is fairly broken -- it's a simple descending sort by views. As Joel said in podcast #18, it is "a self-fulfilling prophecy." But this is not intentional, ...
116 votes
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What is the Goal of "Hot Network Questions"?

There has been a tug-of-war in the hot-questions list. Community members like JonW seem to be unhappy with the traffic that it brings to their site: 'But we want to encourage people to post, that's ...
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Don't let questions stick to the top of the hot questions list forever [duplicate]

I've noticed that some very highly upvoted questions stay in the list of hot questions (also displayed in the Stack Exchange menu on the top left) for a very long time, often for several days. One ...
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In “network hot” questions formula, discard answers when voting evidence indicates that these are not good data points

TL;DR When votes of 20... 30... 100 users clearly indicate that only one or two answers are popular, it does not make sense to pretend that other answers are popular too. In current version of “...
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What changed in the Hot Questions sidebar algorithm?

I've recently noticed that the hot questions list is now different almost every time I look at it. It used to be static - I.e. I could browse around for half an hour and the items on it would be ...
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Is a question asking for an algorithm to sort socks into pairs on-topic? [closed]

How to pair socks from a pile efficiently asks for an algorithm for sorting socks into pairs. On what basis is this on-topic for SO? Should it not be migrated to Programmers, Computer Science or ...
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Automatically protect questions with three or more low-rep-user deleted answers

There are a few "automatically protect questions" requests out there, but I'd like to add another twist. I'd like to request that questions that have three or more deleted answers by users with <...
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"SO questions are penalized" in the hot list - how does that work, can it be done for other site(s)? [duplicate]

Shog explained in this question about hot list: SO questions are penalized... if your goal is to get more SO questions into the list, you have a bit of a hump to climb. How is this achieved? Or, ...
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Why can only moderators protect questions less than 1 day old?

From here: Who can protect and unprotect questions? Diamond moderators Users with at least 15,000 reputation, with the following restrictions: The question must be at least a day ...
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Please stop sending me emails when my bounty is going to expire soon

I never read them, and they only serve to aggravate me. I know I have a bounty out there, and I want to let it run the full 7 days. This is especially true on sites with a lot of bounties, such as ...
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27 votes
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Should we automatically protect all questions with more than N answers?

I was thinking, if a question has more than say 40 answers there is very little value in getting answer number 41. The chances of it floating to the top are slim. Does it make sense to automatically ...
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