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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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)...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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....
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How to avoid "Hot Network Questions" on the sidebar

No further need for self control or userscripts! As of 11 March 2019 you can hide the HNQ list from the sidebar globally by visiting your preferences page and choosing "Hide Hot Network Questions", ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"!

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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. ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Let's take a look at the interaction between staff and the "power users" of the network

I saw this post, and wanted to chime in. As I haven't officially introduced myself, my name is Yaakov Ellis, and I am a developer on the Community Dev team. Before that I was Team Lead for the ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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 ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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, ...
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Now you can know if a question really hit the HNQ

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

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" ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

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

First of all, these changes sound great, so I just want to say thanks! Having said that, could we also consider adding a feature, perhaps one that can be enabled on a per-site basis, that would ...
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Allow moderators or gold tag badge holders to prevent questions from being on the hot network questions (HNQ) list

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 ...
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Which sites are excluded or limited from Hot Network Questions?

Excluded SE sites with non-English interface (localized Stack Overflow sites and Russian language in Russian) Meta Stack Exchange Per-site metas, including Area 51 Discussions Stack Apps Private beta ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"!

bug status-completed There is a race condition between At this point in time, mods can only use this tool on a post currently in the HNQ list - they can't use it preemptively to prevent a ...
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What are the criteria for questions to be selected for Hot Network Questions?

Based on David Fullerton's answer, I've written a simple user script that adds a "hotness" indicator to the question infobar: To use the script, you'll first need to install a user script ...
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Which sites appear most often in the Hot Network Questions list?

It's about time for an update to this; the last one was from before some major changes to the Hot Network Questions and the world has changed a lot in the past year. This time, I'll be looking at data ...
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Revisiting the "Hot Network Questions" feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

HNQ is intended to show users other sites. There's no assumption that they'll be experts on the topic; the assumption is that they are simply interested. With that end goal in mind, some suggestions: ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"!

If someone notices that a question's attracting "negative attention", they may well suspect that it's on the HNQ list: they shouldn't need to search that whole list to confirm that it is, prior to ...
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