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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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2answers
6k views

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 tooltip. Such ...
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1answer
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The “Hot” tab algorithm changed recently, does not appear to be working as intended [closed]

Someone add status completed on this question and then reject this edit Recently I have seen a lot of older high view count questions on the Hot tab. Was the algorithm recently changed? Before I ...
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3answers
587 views

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 topics I may ...
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3answers
2k views

What is the difference between “hot” and “active” questions?

The two tabs have following tooltips Active : "Questions that have recent activity" Hot : Questions with recent interest and activity They seem to display different questions with some common ground....
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0answers
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Why is this question a hot question?

Is Photography such a low volume site that https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/56891/why-would-i-bother-to-participate-any-further-on-this-web-site (now migrated to their meta: https://photo....
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4answers
2k views

Why are there always flamewars over questions where many people know the answer? [closed]

I already came across questions to which many people "knew" the answer. Usually it gets many upvotes and downvotes, many answers and even more comments. It gets voted to be closed and re-opened again. ...
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0answers
240 views

Display site icons instead of numbers in the “hot questions” list? [closed]

I understand that the numbers (circled in red) are calculated based on some sort of complicated algorithm (as described by Jeff Atwood in this post). My question is why are these displayed in the ...
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0answers
406 views

Was this epic answer from Scifi & Fantasy SE manually added to the Hot Network Questions? [duplicate]

According to this and this answer, it becomes exceedingly difficult/impossible for a question to hit the HNQ once it gets older. When this legendary answer appeared on Science Fiction & Fantasy ...
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2answers
227 views

Should all sites have a more equal chance in the Stack Exchange Hot Questions list? [duplicate]

Looking at the Hot Questions list on StackExchange.com I have a feeling that its favoring the bigger sites. Because their 'hot questions' get more time in the spotlight, they in turn get hotter and ...
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1answer
249 views

What’s the difference between top, interesting, hot, faq and featured questions?

What makes these questions classified in any of these categories?
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1answer
112 views

Remove/downweight closed questions in “hot” question sort

The current algorithm for hot questions does not take into account whether a question was closed. Given that closed questions are typically off-topic or low quality, IMO they should receive ...
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1answer
200 views

Are hot questions protected against the snowball effect?

When a question gets into the "hot questions" list, it obviously starts getting many more views as many people are just browsing "hot questions" and viewing questions there. This results in a snowball ...
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1answer
157 views

Is it possible for an old question to get on the hot questions list? [duplicate]

We on travel SE are in beta and we're always watching the hot questions list to see if one of our questions has made it into the hot questions list. Now we observed that it seems that only new ...
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1answer
107 views

What do the various showing options of the different tabs actually show exactly?

In thinking and reasoning about the new question navigation bar and trying to figure out where unnecessary and necessary redundancies are and what could be improved, I more often than not stumble ...

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