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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, ...
116 votes
9 answers

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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How to deal with obsolete answers?

I was thinking about this issue from time to time but I didn't know whether it really exists or just an speculation on my side until today when I woke up [!], I saw a very old answer of mine which was ...
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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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4 answers

Lots of not-always-useful but well-intentioned answers

In episode 42 of the Stack Exchange podcast Joel Spolsky mentioned something along the lines that some sites (for example, Travel Answers) suffer a little from questions that don't always get useful ...
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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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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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30 answers ought to be enough for anybody

There is one mechanism currently that discourages too many answers on one question, and that is the autocommunitywikification after 30 (on some sites only 15) answers. This is an ugly and ineffective ...
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2 answers

Please lock this overused question 600 answers? Time to lock it. I know this isn't really what the locked answers were designed for, but I'm sick and tired of seeing it ...
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2 answers

Allow users with 15k reputation to protect questions less than a day old, but with more than N answers

Right now, diamond moderators and users with at least 15k reputation can protect questions, though for non-moderators the question must be at least a day old. There's also an auto-protect mechanism ...
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Require a certain amount of reputation to answer questions that already have an accepted answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: New Users Adding Answers to Answered Questions Maybe around 5? Low enough to not prevent better solutions, but high enough to stop "thank you" answers and some spam answers. ...
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