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The PR and optics of this discussion could not be worse and less fortunately timed if someone tried to orchestrate it that way. Some things happened yesterday that caused a need for us to (quickly) remove a site's eligibility to contribute to the list of hot network questions. What happened was that someone called SE out on Twitter for something you ...


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First and foremost, I don't understand Tim Post's reticence to say which SE post or posts were "responsible" for the Twitter spat. Which, if I understand correctly, lasted a relatively short time. The tweet that started the controversy was this stack exchange: the #1 site for your questions about dataframes and female treachery The second tweet, ...


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Adblock - add the following filter: stackoverflow.com###hot-network-questions or, if you need to do work on other SE sites: ###hot-network-questions Also, if you use uBlock origin, you can simply right-click the element and click "block element" to implement the above. You can turn it off when you want to read them later :) Also, you need not block any ...


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The HNQ implementation has at least three problems: It optimizes for controversy, not quality. Sensationalist questions draw lots of rapid response, which feeds the HNQ algorithm, and then once it's on HNQ it gets even more rapid response, which keeps it there (and also distorts Q&A on that site). It's completely automatic; sites have no way to ...


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As a user I love the HNQ list because I really enjoy learning about all manner of diverse topics. A jaunt through the HNQ can see me hopping from Christianity to Physics to Parenting to Aviation to Skeptics to Worldbuilding and so on and so forth. Without the HNQ I wouldn't put in the effort to check for interesting questions on two dozen sites. For a site ...


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Let's stop over-promoting some sites at the cost of other sites rarely making the list at all. The network has more than 170 sites. Some of them are small and rarely make an appearance on HNQ at all. Others are large and active and can have five or more questions on the list (of 100) at once. That's working against the goal of broadening people's ...


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Is it possible to have a moderator inbox notification of questions making it to HNQ? If some mods feel that would be too much, allow them to opt out or expect them to be able to ignore it. If this is too noisy, maybe collect all HNQ events from the past 24 hours into a single inbox item or something. Perhaps we could just have a single "New items on HNQ" ...


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Just to start, I'm going to run down a few of the problems I have with the HNQ, as it currently stands: It does a terrible job of promoting good questions from the really small sites that could use the exposure the most. I can count on one hand the number of HNQ questions Astronomy has had within the last three months, I think. It's optimized for hot ...


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I think some of the answers here that suggest "Have some self control!" miss the point. Given: Seeing an interesting question automatically makes some brains trigger "work on that question" (umm, citation - you know if this describes you) Given: Intentionally avoiding looking at that area, or even harder, stopping the "work on that question" process, once ...


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Please, please get rid of the clickbait When you say this they've been sufficient for ensuring [...] overt clickbait was kept out of the list for the most part y'all are just utterly fooling yourselves and/or burying your heads in the sand. HNQ absolutely selects for clickbait. It's what makes it tick — it wouldn't be what it is right now without ...


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I'm posting this as an answer as this change worries me a great deal. Not the fact that it happened, but how it happened. Someone tweeted a complaint on Twitter about HNQ and didn't explicitly ask for anything to happen. This happened at 11:39pm (UTC). 40 minutes later, an SE developer tweeted back stating "Yes I agree, I've pushed a change to remove ...


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I wasn't going to go out on a limb but since a statement has been made... The list of questions is generated through a very expensive query, cached, and refreshed on a set schedule. Giving moderators or even community managers the ability to 'evict' a problematic title while keeping the system in check with what we consider performant and sane are .. ...


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I submit that HNQ is fundamentally broken. Why? Because it is about Hot Network Questions. That is, questions which are getting lots of attention. Just look at your #1 goal: increase site discovery. Questions which get lots of attention rarely represent the best of a site. Controversial questions are "hot", and therefore will attract people attracted to ...


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Thank you for this. All of these changes are between positive and extremely positive, and they show the change of stance that we were asking for last year. There's still much more to be done, as well as missing historical data that will make it harder for SE communities to evaluate the effects of the changes, but everything here is a step forward. I'm ...


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I don't think this is useful. I support forcing reputation to be earned on a site before votes are granted on meta. But I don't want to have to re-earn privileges on every site I participate in before I can vote. I realize that you're trying to solve a problem with regard to the hot questions list. But just in the normal course of searching and browsing I ...


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I hate sounding pessimistic since it's really not my style, nor do I want to tread in already covered ground that Monica and Magisch have already broached. But I will say this much: I'm not sure that we're really having a "discussion" about this. This is more of a venting period, and then we all move on from it. As evidenced by... Suffice to say, the ...


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I actually have a slightly different opinion of what "hot" questions are good for: entertainment. When I'm bored, tired of doing actual work or waiting for something to finish running, they're almost always good for a quick - and ideally informative - diversion. This is what I've always used the homepage and per-site hot lists for, and now that network-wide ...


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Please don't listen to Twitter It seems that SE management is giving tweets a higher priority than community feedback. Just as an example: the Code of Conduct has been triggered by tweets, not by community discussion or by management decision. It seems, that if we want change on SE to happen, we have to tweet our wishes, and SE management will listen. One ...


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The fact that an entire site could be blacklisted from the Hot Network Questions list by a single SE employee because they saw someone complain on Twitter about the word "flirting" and the phrase "sleep with me" appearing on the HNQ list is highly disturbing. Using this new standard, we need to blacklist most of the other popular sites as well. In no ...


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To find out the genuine value of a question like this, march down the close reasons, and see how many fit: Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. Well, it doesn't ask for code, but the principle is the same. Why are you ...


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Put the decision to participate in the hands of the community Some sites have asked to be excluded from the HNQ. Giving sites the choice to put themselves onto the existing blacklist might be useful, and would involve the community that has to shoulder most of the negative side effects into the decision. Give the community a way to experiment with the ...


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In practice, how does the "at most five from a given site" work? I can think of two possibilities: Once a site has five HNQs, no more can hit HNQ until one of those five drops off. The "hottest" five questions at any time are able to go to HNQ. I guess option 1 is much easier for you to code, but option 2 is much preferable. If your Q&A gets a lot of ...


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Oh, hey, someone noticed! Indeed, you're correct. We've added a history event to both the edit history and the timeline to indicate when a question first appears on the Hot Network Questions list. This was made possible by the work Adam did recently to move where we house the HNQ list in our code. This will only indicate when a question appears - there's ...


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There are two alternative solutions to this: positive filtering: only show hot questions / sites that I'm active on. Much less noise, but doesn't achieve goal Jeff mentions — exposing you to questions from whole SE. negative filtering: show everything, except the sites that I explicitly block. This will lead to some initial noise, but I will be able ...


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Allow us to hide/show the HNQ sidebar and control which sites are allowed in it! Like some others are saying, start with the HNQ list hidden, something like: Hot Network Questions (show) ⚙️ On clicking "(show)," the usual list will drop down, showing only "non-controversial" sites (excluded sites like those you list in the main question). On clicking the ...


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I wasn't going to go out on a limb but since a follow up question has been asked... More importantly, why is it any of your business? ...I would like to address that. I for one am concerned about answers rather than the question. What I see in "Croissants", look painfully familiar to an issue that does so much damage at Programmers: Answers quality in ...


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Y'know how folks are always bitching and moaning about fun questions being closed on Stack Exchange? Y'know how they're always suggesting that we create a site for them, so they could live out their lives free from humorless jerks trying to shut them down? This is that site. It's all about playing games. And that's it, nothing else. You don't go there ...


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I like the ideas, and I see three options: You need 15 in-site rep (i.e. association bonus doesn't count) or being a member for 24 hours to vote. Downside: I've got an account on RPG for a while without any activity but voting, with this system I would already generate this bad noise (and I certainly do, to some extent, without the intention to disturb the ...


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I believe your reasons for this are quite commendable. While it might be challenging to implement, it's not a bad idea at all. A simpler way, perhaps, to deal with this is to simply increase the weight downvotes are given in the HNQ formula. At the moment, the formula merely looks at the total score. This is problematic because of the huge influx of 101 rep ...


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Oh my. Disclaimer: I'm the OP of the question. Firstly, anyone looking at this thread from outside is scared. Really. So much hate in there... Please, don't bite me. I bite back. And I have a pet velociraptor. So, when I wrote the question, did I think it was on-topic? Yes. Did it lack effort in research? Definitely. Here is the story: it's a real issue ...


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