This is a math question I answered which has a lot upvotes. I think that is because there a lot of views ($1k$) but it haven't got any bounty. Why?

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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps it was on the Hot Network Questions? $\endgroup$
    – kingW3
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ But how does the question goes in hot network question? $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ I think this is relevant $\endgroup$
    – kingW3
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe the tag (hot-questions-list) could be added to this question - now that it's been clarified that it has to do with this topic. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 13:10
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    $\begingroup$ As far as why a Question has a bounty offered, this happens when a user decides to offer a bounty. Reasons for offering a bounty vary, but the effect is that reputation points are deducted from the user who offers the bounty and are intended to be awarded to one of the users who provides an Answer that the offerer deems worthy. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ You post this answer on your profile and now on Meta so I guess that increases the number of views. $\endgroup$
    – Yanko
    Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 12:41

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As suggested in the comments, the question was in the hot network questions list. This can be confirmed by checking the revision history1 or the timeline.2 (You can also notice that after some time it was removed from the HNQ list by a moderator.3)

About your additional question in a comment: How does a question get into the HNQ list? The details are rather complicated, but if you are really interested, a good place to start might be this post on Meta Stack Exchange.

1This feature was implemented an the end of February 2019, for older questions you cannot find out in this way whether they were in the HNQ list. See also: Now you can know if a question really hit the HNQ

2See also: How to see questions time line?

3The possibility that moderators can remove posts from the HNQ list is relatively recent, too. There is an ongoing discussion related to this feature on this site: Under what criteria should we remove questions from the HNQ list?


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