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My question seems to be on the HNQ.

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Now I have seen many HNQs and I guess it may be due to the title. However, I do not want it on the HNQ list as it attracts traffic from other sites and they may upvote answers that are easier to understand, instead of those that are better. Ofcourse, considering it is on math.se, it won't be on the HNQ list for long but can I, as the person who formulated the question, remove it from the HNQ list?

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    $\begingroup$ Like you, "I have seen many HNQs" and am often motivated when I see one from Math.SE to have a look. So while it might not be your goal to garner attention from other Communities, it is also a way to get attention within the Math.SE Community. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Dec 21 '18 at 18:31
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    $\begingroup$ I can somewhat agree with that. Despite crossing one of the original three, MSE does have very few external views. $\endgroup$ – Mohammad Zuhair Khan Dec 21 '18 at 18:43
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Having a question in the HNQ is not necessarily a bad thing for you. This brings more attention to your question and bigger probability of getting an answer.

Also a separate issue is whether the decision on removal of the question from the HNQ list should be mainly by the OP or more by the community - if the question is good representative of the site, it's better for the community if it stays there.

Here is a related feature request on Meta Stack Exchange about possibility of removal of a question from the HNQ: Allow mods or gold tag badge holders to prevent question from being on hot network questions list.

If the main concern is the votes which come from users unfamiliar with the site, I think it would better to address this issue than removing questions from HNQ artificially. There is a feature request on Meta Stack Exchange: Prevent questions on Hot List from being upvoted by casual visitors (only rep is from association bonus) (And this one is also related The association bonus should not enable users to vote on every site - however, it is already marked .)


But since you asked how this can be done - there is a workaround if you want remove your question from there. (Or basically any question, if you already have edit privileges.)

This is not a systematic solution - it works only for questions from Mathematics and other sites that use MathJax. But if you are able to make a reasonable title for your question which contains MathJax and if you edit the title in this way, that would remove the question the list. See also: Do questions with LaTeX in titles appear in Hot Questions? (As far as I know, the HNQ list is cached - as many things on the Stack Exchange sites are. So it will take a bit of time before the change of the title actually causes the question to be removed from the HNQ list.)

I will add that personally I would prefer user to choose what is better title. My personal opinion is that the decision whether or not to include some formula into the title should ideally be based on whether it improves the title. The concern whether the question might get into HNQ should be secondary. I will also add link to the section about titles of the FAQ item How to ask a good question.

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    $\begingroup$ Regarding the workaround—is "empty MathJax" (i) possible (ii) sensible? Something like a pair of dollar signs separated by a space? ("Sensible" would be failed if, for example, this causes bugs on the page or some other antisocial effect.) $\endgroup$ – timtfj Jan 1 at 12:12
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    $\begingroup$ I am not sure this could cause bugs, but I would definitely consider it misinformation. If nothing else, there are plenty of situations where titles are rendered without MathJax, in such cases it would look rather ugly. I'd guess that many of objections against using "invisible" MathJax to bypass minimal number of characters in comment apply also here. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jan 1 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, good point about misinformation. And unwanted dollar signs rule it out anyway IMO $\endgroup$ – timtfj Jan 1 at 13:12

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