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What is the justification for "Hot Network Questions" on the professional-leaning sites? [duplicate]

After searching for how to turn off 'Hot Network Questions' I see that debate over this topic has been raging for years. Threads have repeated and on-going replies with users posting their ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Prevent questions on the Hot List from being upvoted by casual visitors (only rep is from association bonus)

I have experienced this on a couple of sites (and I'm not the only one): You look through the question list. You see a pretty bad (or at least not-so-good) question heavily upvoted. Or even worse, a ...
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Filtering "hot" questions [duplicate]

Is there a way to filter the "hot questions" displayed in the Stack Exchange menu? I have a profile on Stack Overflow and that's pretty much it. Therefore the list as it is now is pretty ...
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The association bonus should not enable users to vote on every site

The number of upvotes for a question is a flawed measure of question quality, one particular issue is that the amount of exposure a question gets matters a lot. Questions that were linked in the hot ...
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What are the criteria for questions to be selected for Hot Network Questions?

I really like the new Stack Exchange home page, where certain questions from the Stack Exchange Network are presented, along with a hotness rating that is described as "arbitrary" in its ...
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Shutting down recurring community self-evaluations

We've been talking a lot about the efficacy of community self-evaluations lately, both internally on the Community Team and out in the open on meta. Lots of ideas were tossed around, but the ...
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Adding discipline to programmers.stackexchange.com [closed]

Largely through inaction on our part, http://programmers.stackexchange.com has become a bit of a ... strange and undisciplined place. We aim to fix this! Our goal is to remove the bottom 15-20% of the ...
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Let's break up with "Graduation" and remove a bunch of "Beta" labels

Over two years ago now, we made a big shift in how we handle "graduation" - nearly severing the connection between "graduation" and site design. We also talked about removing the &...
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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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Remove question from HNQ if it has close votes

I've seen this a few times in the past few months, where questions that are blatantly off topic are still on the Hot Network Questions list. Great, it has more exposure, and people who are not ...
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At smaller sites, penalize hot questions having 3-4 close votes

At smaller sites (up to 50-100 questions a day average) closing a question takes hours or even days. As an example, this SO question has got 5 close votes in 15 minutes, while its twin at Software ...
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The Anatomy of a Hot Question

Here is the traffic since The Workplace was created: These are the three questions that caused those huge spikes in traffic: Is it rude to leave an interview early if you have already made your ...
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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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Dealing with HNQ drama before it happens - how do we deal with questions that can lead to trouble?

Sometimes stuff creeps into HNQ that doesn't belong. While I'm a moderator of one site that doesn't get into the HNQ, and the worst I'd face on the other is a question that's decidedly meh, having a ...
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Limit the number of questions per site in the Hot Network Questions list

I was recently browsing through the Hot Network Questions and spotting a weird pattern with the frequency of the sites. So I decided to tally up the results and what I found was not reassuring. These ...
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Increase the Hot Network Questions randomness (proposal for testing)

Related: Ease up on the Hot Network Question Randomness. This is a recent change which resulted in a 30% increase in engagement. All of this engagement came from repeated clicks... we do have ...
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Prevent specific sites from being overrepresented in the hot questions list [duplicate]

Some sites appear far more often in the hot questions list than other sites. I don't have any hard data on that, as that kind of data is just not publicly available, but I'm pretty sure my subjective ...
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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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Reorder questions picked for hot list based on adjusted hotness score (discard some answers by voting evidence)

Executive Summary The 100 questions are selected for the "Hot Network Questions" list displayed in the sidebar of each site. These questions are designed to showcase other sites in the Stack ...
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Extend the new Hot Questions sidebar

I really like the new sidebar. With the new top bar eliminating the "Hot Questions" area there, I think this is the perfect place for it. One-click access to time-wasting questions about ...
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Is Stack Exchange becoming more focused on funny or entertaining content rather than actual useful information?

It feels like Stack Exchange has basically turned into Reddit in a way. With a lot of SEs like Workplace.SE, Academia.SE, IPS.SE, Worldbuilding.SE, etc. These SEs are used mostly to kill time/read ...
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Should trending questions be auto-protected? [duplicate]

I noticed today that a request for protection came up due to the the large number of me-too answers on a trending question I answered recently. This got me thinking, since trending questions get far ...
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Proposed Change to Community Deletion Criteria

Per this answer, the Community user autodeletes any answer that matches this criteria (among others): The system will automatically delete closed (not as a duplicate), unlocked questions with zero ...
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Joining a Stack Exchange site for the single purpose of an upvote

I have read many questions asked in SEs I have not joined yet; the sidebar advertises new hot questions and the top questions of many SEs are worth reading. Whenever I read an really awesome answer (...
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Add an audit log to record when particular question enters and leaves hot list [duplicate]

The Hot Network Questions page displays a constantly changing list of 100 questions, since it deals with time since recent activity. But are changes in this list ever recorded anywhere for posterity (...
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Where do high view counts come from?

On a couple of the Stack Exchange network sites in which I regularly participate, there will frequently be a new question (less than an hour old) with views reaching 1k, 2k, or even more. Normally ...
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Change the title of "Hot Network Questions" to make it clear that it's referring to the overall Stack Exchange network

This was a point raised in a micro-study performed by ArtOfCode, but is even more relevant now because of the recent removal of an entire site from Hot Network Questions for...known reasons. To quote ...
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Better criteria for the hot questions list

The list of hot questions is shown on stackexchange.com and the MultiCollider (the dropdown in the top left). The idea behind it is, as far as I understand it, to present interesting questions across ...
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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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New top bar doesn't show hot threads across Stack Exchange sites [duplicate]

Before today, I would visit Stack Overflow every day and click somewhere in the upper-left corner (I've forgotten what it said, and it's gone now!) and if I didn't have any notifications I would see a ...
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Why did this question make it onto HNQ? [duplicate]

I see that Can an employer be forced to allow an employee to bring a gun to work (Washington State)? has made it to the HNQ list. What process makes it possible for such a very localised (...
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Make hot questions with multiple answers age away faster on smaller / subjective-ish sites [duplicate]

Due to extended exposure to wide SE network, hot questions tend to attract certain amount of low quality answers 1 2 3. These answers would better be (and eventually are) removed, but on smaller / ...
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Request for hot question vote statistics

Elsequestion it was said: Guess what: if your site is full of crappy questions, your site sucks - even if they're not highly-ranked by your own users, folks are finding them via Google, and that's ...
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Hot Network Questions doesn't make clear enough that it's not a representative sample of a site's questions

I love Hot Network Questions. I really do. But I've got a little gripe, that's been itching at the back of my head for a while. Hot Network Questions is great at exposing a new site, and introducing ...
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Reasoning behind changing the main portal's homepage and focus

https://stackexchange.com/ went through a major change somewhere between June 11th and June 12th according to the Wayback Machine. This is how it looked like before, with focus on the sites/...
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Disqualify a question from Hot Network Questions if it has more answers than net votes

It's been fairly well established at this point that the Hot Network Questions mechanism can sometimes cause a question to blow up out of control (basically because they cause an influx of visitors ...
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Are "hot questions" being moderated too heavily?

In fact, in addition to moderation, do we have a problem with people editing these questions? This question is largely provoked by two questions I've seen on StackOverflow: Is a Java string really ...
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How does Stack Exchange allow two similar questions to hit HNQ?

See these two questions. They are very much similar to each other. I was shocked to see both these questions hit the HNQ. How does Stack Exchange allow two similar questions to hit HNQ?
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Rename Hot Network Questions 'Watching the Pretty Flames'

I've seen a few good questions on HNQ in the more distant past, but in the past few months, almost any time I've seen a question featured in HNQ it's been one that has attracted a lot of activity ...
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Why are there so many questions about simple real life talks?

I've noticed for a long time already, that almost all some Hot Questions in some communities (Academia, Workplace, RPG, etc.) can all be answered without digging, with the same answer: Go and talk ...
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Why does clicking twice on Show/Hide excerpts refreshes "Hot Network Questions" on the right side panel

I am currently participated in testing the new navigation. I just saw Sklivvz ♦ post Improving our navigation, the next iteration and thought of giving a try. I love the new expanded layout view and ...
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How do hot questions on a single site contribute to hot network questions sidebar?

Every site has a "hot questions" tab. These questions "sometimes" show up in the hot network questions sidebar based on a complex algorithm. That sidebar is engineered to show hot ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

Thanks for your input here and elsewhere on Meta. Please see the results of this discussion on the update post: Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less &...