When you look at the list of "top questions" for the week, does that mean the top questions asked at most 7 days from the present, or does it refer to questions asked in a certain fixed week (for example from the most recent Sunday)?

I imagine it is the former so that the list is always populated. Not that this matters all that much, I'm just curious.


You are right, week = "at most 7 days from the present" and month = "at most 30 days from the present". At present the Month page has several questions with last activity in May. Related: Filter top questions of the month by ...err... month?

Although you did not ask about the hot tab, for completeness I'll add a formula for the hotness of a question, taken from How are questions in the 'hot' tab selected? $$ \textrm{hotness} = \frac{ \log( 4Q_{\rm views}) + \frac15 Q_{ \#\rm answers}Q_{\rm score} + \sum A_{\rm score}} { Q_{\rm age}+1 - ((Q_{\rm age} - Q_{\rm updated})/2) ^{3/2}} $$

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    $\begingroup$ Very similar to the formula I used to use to compute the hotness of my dates. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jun 16 '13 at 4:03
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    $\begingroup$ @Gerry, someday I'd sure like to see that formula of yours... $\endgroup$ – J. M. isn't a mathematician Jun 17 '13 at 16:17

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