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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 ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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3 answers
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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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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 (...
Andrew Morton's user avatar
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2 answers
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Mods should be able to suppress questions from the Multicollider [duplicate]

This came up over in EL&U chat, but since it affects the whole network I'm bringing it up here. Related topics from meta.english.stackexchange.com: Should EL&U be removed from the ...
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Where can I see at what time a hot network question lost its "hot network question" status? [duplicate]

The question timeline indicates when a question becomes a hot network question but doesn't seem to indicate when it loses its "hot network question" status, unless a moderator manually ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
810 votes
15 answers
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
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How to avoid "Hot Network Questions" on the sidebar

This may sound like a 'first world problem', but I am quite easily distracted by the 'Hot Network Questions' sidebar, as I find them quite amusing and some of them quite intellectual But where the ...
Mohd Abdul Mujib's user avatar
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46 answers
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Continuing in my series of questions to you: Last week, I heard some great origin stories. This week, I’d like to refocus a bit on what could be better (in your view). I’m very curious about whether ...
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Moderator flag dashboard design refresh (alpha)

Earlier this year, we started work on a design refresh for the moderator flag dashboard, and ran a limited alpha on a few sites. Today, we're opening it up to the rest of the network, with the goal ...
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How'd you get started?

OK, it feels like this is tapering off a little, so I'm going to do the same thing as last week ... I'll still check in here and read, but I'm probably not going to post much more here. The next ...
Philippe's user avatar
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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 ...
Maxim Zaslavsky's user avatar
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7 answers
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New Resources for Our Stack Exchange Network

It's nice to be here! Hello, fellow humans! My name is Juan M and I’ve served as the Community Manager of Stack Overflow en español as well as the Manager for the International Stack Overflow ...
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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

Last month Stack Exchange removed a site from the Hot Network Questions list across the network because of a complaint about some questions that appeared there. I'm not here to rehash that decision (...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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2 answers
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Usability issues for first-time Stack Exchange users - a micro-study

I come from lands afar, also known as Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange. Over there, we have a serious problem with first-time Stack Exchange users coming along and asking off-topic questions - ...
ArtOfCode's user avatar
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Now you can know if a question really hit the HNQ

I noticed this new addition. It is now stated in the revision history if a question has made it to the Hot Network Questions, example:
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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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Allow moderators or gold tag badge holders to prevent questions from being on the hot network questions (HNQ) list

Sometimes a question that is not representative of a site makes the HNQ list. This can lead to a large bump in traffic on a question the community may not be well equipped to handle. I propose that ...
StrongBad's user avatar
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Send a notification to mods (and 10k users?) when questions go "hot"

Editor's note: This is not a duplicate of Now you can know if a question really hit the HNQ. This asks for a notification when a question hits HNQ; the revision history item mentioned in the other ...
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How to determine if a question has ever been a "hot network question"?

I've had at least one question featured as a "hot network question" and during that time it got thousands of views in the course of a few days. But if you look at that question now you won't have any ...
neubert's user avatar
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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 ...
gnat's user avatar
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Breaking the HNQ feedback loop on bad questions

The Hot Network Questions sidebar is a bit of a contentious issue, because it tends to promote questions that are often perceived as 'cheap', of relatively low quality, or on the fringes of topicality ...
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Preventing the HNQ feedback-loop

We all know that the HNQ causes good- or okay-questions to be flooded with activity, especially if they have an abnormal or controversial title. There’s no need to get into the mess which kicked off ...
Tim's user avatar
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Disable hot questions to prevent distraction [duplicate]

I come to stack overflow to ask specific questions and read the answers for specific questions. Sometimes I also answer a few questions. However, I noticed that since the "hot questions" drop down was ...
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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 ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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4 answers
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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 ...
caird coinheringaahing's user avatar
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1 answer
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Which sites appear most often in the Hot Network Questions list?

Is there any data about which Stack Exchange sites have their questions end up in the Hot Network Questions list the most? In particular: What percentage of hot network questions comes from each site?...
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What is the impact of the recent changes to how Hot Network Questions work?

It's been almost two months since some major changes were made to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ), including a timeline event when a post hits HNQ, a (configurable) maximum number of questions each ...
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Do moderators have the ability to pre-emptively remove questions from the HNQ?

I noticed that the question 'Isomorphism class of the zero module is not a set' on Mathematics SE was removed from the HNQ by a moderator, but curiously there is no entry in the timeline for when it ...
The Amplitwist's user avatar
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1 answer
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Very hot network questions found

The Boardgames Stack Exchange question How would an instant or sorcery with an effect that targets work with Feather? became a Hot Network Question three times, according to its timeline: All three ...
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How can I add Hot Network Questions (HNQ) to a chat room feed?

I would like to MYOH (Make Your Own HNQ) by posting hot network questions (HNQ) as a chat feed to a chat room. This offers the following benefits: Filter out HNQ from specific sites, or equivalently, ...
Masked Man's user avatar
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1 answer
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Are meta questions now featuring in Hot Network Questions?

At this moment there are 4 meta-site questions on the HNQ list: Are History of Worldbuilding questions on topic? (World Building Meta) 2019 Stack Overflow Moderator Election Q&A - Question ...
Roddy of the Frozen Peas's user avatar
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5 answers
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What is a statistically significant number of up-votes?

Up-votes and down-votes are intended to indicate whether the Stack Exchange community feels a particular answer "is useful", as explained in the FAQ: "When should I vote?". How many up-votes does an ...
joel's user avatar
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Are Code Golf questions overrepresented on the front page?

I regularly scan the Stack Exchange front page for interesting questions. It looks like among all the sites Code Golf has been overrepresented for a long time, and right now it got kind of weird: five ...
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Can I withdraw my question from Hot Network Questions candidates?

I've had several questions amongst all the website going to Hot Network Questions. But some of those attracted very low quality comments and answers from visitors saying (amongst other things, ...
Olivier Grégoire's user avatar
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1 answer
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Does SE have some general, non-website-specific guidelines of removing questions from the HNQ network?

This SEDE query shows that a per-site moderator has been removing questions from the HNQ network literally every single day since 2019/03/13. So far, this single moderator has removed 1655 questions (...
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Statistics about least exposed sites in Hot Network Questions

Related: New Resources for Our Stack Exchange Network What is the impact of the recent changes to how Hot Network Questions work? I am looking for some statistics about 30-50 least exposed sites (...
gnat's user avatar
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Reduce number of questions from the same site in the Hot Network Questions on the right sidebar

Sometimes multiple questions from one site could be chosen to show on the HNQ list. This looks rather ugly, especially when this list is truncated to 5 or less questions - it feels as if the system ...
gnat's user avatar
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1 answer
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Why was this question manually removed from Hot Network Questions despite already being closed?

I recently came across to this question (revision history). I saw that it was a Hot Network Question and flagged for moderator intervention to ask them to remove it from the HNQ and possibly delete it ...
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In 2022, what actually happens to a candidate question for the HNQ when MathJax is in the title? (e.g. edit changing n=25 to "$n=25$")

For my recently asked Physics SE question How can an $n=25$ Rydberg state exist in a solid? What does the wave function look like? an edit was made changing n=25 to "$n=25$". Presumably this ...
uhoh's user avatar
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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?
Steve Rain's user avatar
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2 answers
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How should I go about retrieving the date of when a question became/was no longer hot with SEDE?

I am currently making a SEDE query to determine which questions from a specific user have made it onto the Hot Network Questions list and when. While I can get the specific questions, I am unable to ...
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Impose strict time-limit for questions on Hot Network Questions list

Right now there are multiple questions that have been on the Hot Network Questions list for a large number of days: 8 days - How can I explain to non-techie friends that "cryptography is good&...
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Prior to the 3-day limit for HNQ, what was the longest amount of time a question stayed on HNQ?

There is now a 3-day limit for the HNQ. But what was the longest amount of time that a question stayed on the HNQ for prior to that limit being instituted? I'd imagine some questions having stayed on ...
pacoverflow's user avatar
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Why do we see our own questions on the HNQ sidebar?

Many times, I see my own hot network question in the sidebar. Specifically, it is happening frequently with this question on Law. However, it is just a distraction because I already know about it! I ...
mathlander's user avatar
28 votes
1 answer
199 views

Age hot questions faster [duplicate]

In theory, hot questions are intended to be a buzz feed like list of "neat stuff from across the Stack Exchange network." Ok. Could we get them to age a little bit faster? It gets rather ...
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1 answer
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Hot Network Question is macabre. What are the standards for Hot Network Questions? [duplicate]

Not sure how I report/flag a "hot network question" or even if I have the reputation to. However, the "Husband stepped on cats head now she hates him" question is on the "Hot Network Questions" ...
Nathan Goings's user avatar
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1 answer
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Questions from SO in Russian is still on Hot Network Question list

According to this question: Questions from ru.SO shouldn't become hot entire ruSO site shouldn't become hot. But I just saw the following while searching MSE: Direct link to the question on ...
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Japanese SO question appears in HNQ [duplicate]

Well, it looks like it's that time of the year again! This post appears in HNQ. It probably shouldn't, for reasons discussed previously. Related: HNQ has been hacked by the Russians, Should "...
Bob's user avatar
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What's with the uptick in blatantly off-topic posts lately?

Generally, we tend to get around a few blatantly off-topic questions here on this site because...reasons. However, yesterday and today (UTC), I noticed that the number of off-topic questions had ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
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0 answers
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An HNQ that's 21 days old? [duplicate]

This question appears on the HNQ list right now (I've posted a screenshot here, with the quetion I mentioned, circled in yellow, in case you wanted to see it). What surprised me was that the question ...
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