Questions tagged [hot-questions]

Hot Network Questions in the right-hand sidebar, the “hot” tab on each site, and on stackexchange.com.

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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 ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less “hotness”!

Some of you may have noticed that we've been making some changes to the Hot Network Questions on the back end over the last week or so. I'm here announcing our first round of changes to how the HNQ ...
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Let's take a look at the interaction between staff and the “power users” of the network

Recently, it was announced that the "Hot on Meta" questions would no longer show up on the SO sidebar. Sara Chipps elaborated a little bit on why: Stack Overflow Employees have panic ...
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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 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, ...
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Filter “Hot Network Questions” by excluding sites

I was going to make a filter for the "Hot Network Questions" by excluding some sites from it. I noticed this answer which talks about "negative filtering" but does not explain how ...
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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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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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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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Dealing with “Find out who's going to buy the croissants” [closed]

On Stack Overflow at the moment, there is a popular question which is currently high in the Hot Questions feed: https://stackoverflow.com/q/17807531/42473 So far it has been closed twice (once by the ...
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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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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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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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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 (...
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Prevent questions with movie/tv shows/game spoilers from appearing in the hot questions list

I've noticed that occasionally "hot questions" from SciFi and the Movies & TV network contain major spoilers about the movie/show discussed. The Matrix spoilers: I like browsing through those ...
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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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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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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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Which sites are excluded or limited from Hot Network Questions?

I was curious but couldn't find any definitive listing on this. Is there an official list of sites excluded from Hot Network Questions somewhere? Additionally, which sites are penalized from Hot ...
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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 ...
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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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How are questions in the 'hot' tab on a site selected?

I know questions on the "hot" tab of a site homepage are based on some sort of views/velocity criteria, but does anyone know the actual algorithm used? Background: I was considering a feature-request ...
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Trolls in our Halls

In Stack Exchange portal, it says: Stack Exchange is a fast-growing network of 112 question and answer sites on diverse topics from software programming to cooking to photography and gaming. We build ...
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Hide Hot Questions?

Why hide a hot question? You've read it. You're not interested. You want to see more hotness. How? Add an 'X' beside each hot question.
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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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Don't show questions with ignored tags on Hot Network Questions

There are some types of questions I don’t want to see, and so I hide questions with certain tags. However, I've found that questions with these tags can still show up in Hot Network Questions. For ...
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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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Add a toggle to collapse the hot network questions list

While the hot network questions list can be entertaining, there are a few situations in which it harms the experience of using SE sites, especially when you use SE sites at work. I know that ...
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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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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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Exclude TeX.SE question titles from MathJax parsing in Hot Network Questions

Recently, the TeX.SE question "\[\mu\] is printing the Greek letter mu on a separate single line" got onto the Hot Network Questions list. Like many questions on TeX.SE, it contains some TeX markup ...
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Please open the Hot Network Questions to auditing via the Data Explorer

One of the contentious issues on today's Stack Exchange is the Hot Network Questions sidebar, which can drive a lot of traffic to junk-food questions that can be very poor fits to the sites that host ...
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Hot Questions, inability to filter sites… and now German questions? Too much “noise”!

We used to have the ability to filter Stack Exchange wide stories. I was sad to see the ability go away. I'll admit it isn't the end of the world. I do like seeing questions on occasion that I ...
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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 ...
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Can you filter out certain SE sites from the hot questions list? [duplicate]

Is it possible to filter out Stack Exchange sites from the hot questions list?
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Why does this question appear twice in the hot list?

Allow me to refer you to my freehand circles: I knew Jeff really does like us folks over at Gaming!
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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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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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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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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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Hot questions lukewarm

Someone took them out of the oven too soon: These questions don't look hot at all! Happens in all browsers; FF 12/13, Chrome Beta/Release, IE8/9
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Can we please stop tweeting questions for HNQs from sites with reduced moderation?

I understand there's an algorithm that tweets a question with a high number of views in (x amount of time). Two of the three mods on Parenting have suspended activity due to well known recent ...
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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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Encourage active users to edit Hot Questions, especially titles

Questions on the "Hot Network" list are like travel billboards: they advertise sites to users elsewhere, to maybe get those users interested in participating. But I have noticed that those questions ...
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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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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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Include non-English websites in Hot Network Questions, based on user's location/language/IP

Currently questions not containing enough English text are excluded from Hot Network Questions. Some sites, like SO.RU or SO.PT, are manually excluded. It may sound like a good idea, but it's too ...
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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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Please return the hot question dropdown to most pages

The UI update from a few minutes ago appears to have removed the hot questions tab of the StackExchange dropdown on the top menu bar from all pages except the Stack Exchange homepage. Instead all I ...

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