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The formula for the Hottest Questions tab is here on Meta Stack Exchange: $$\frac{4\log(\text{number of views}) + \frac{\text{number of answers} + \text{question score}}{5} + \sum_\text{answers}\text{answer score}} {\left(1+\text{question age in hours} - \frac{\text{question age in hours} - \text{last question update age in hours}}{2}\right)^{1.5}}$$ The ...


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Editing is encouraged!, in particular to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it A good title is an essential part of the question, and the first thing that people see. Your examples (“Hard functional equation”) are indeed bad titles: They tell us nothing about the contents of the question. So my opinion is: If you can improve the title of a ...


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Let me answer quickly. It was removed in part because I answered this question. I find it extremely hypocritical on my side if I take out many HNQs and let my stuff remain. I also think that this was not a good representation for an interesting question, but at this point the former argument is what matters most. I suspected that this question is likely to ...


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Hot meta posts are the posts which can be found in (the corresponding section of) the community bulletin. The main criteria for selection can be briefly summarized as: The question is tagged discussion, it has score at least $+3$ and it is at most 14 days old. There are also some further details, you can find the complete explanation in the corresponding FAQ ...


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status-completed I propose the following word help for inclusion in the HNQ block-list. Please up-vote if you agree with the inclusion. Down-vote if you disagree with the inclusion.


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For what it's worth, I took the SEDE query posted earlier in the comments and tweaked it to generate some statistics on the historical effectiveness of the proposed autofilter. Specifically, my query returns a monthly count of: the total number of questions selected for HNQ in that month, the number of those questions that were either closed or manually ...


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Let me take a crack at answering this, being the moderator in question. There are essentially two reasons: The question is subpar. The fact that it was later closed, reopened, and attracted more closing votes now show that I am not the only person who felt this way. I don't think it's necessarily a bad question, that's irrelevant. But I don't think this is ...


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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'...


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Okay. I have a few minutes to spare. So I can write an answer to explain my approach to this, which is mainly on the table, seeing how I account for the majority of uses of this feature across the entire network (to the best of my knowledge). I don't like clickbait. Or at least in most cases, I have a strong dislike to clickbait (I will admit to having ...


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Questions from math.SE that contain LaTeX markup are excluded from the list of hot network questions; see this meta.SE thread. On the other hand, questions from other sites that contain $ signs in them are still picked up, and when they show up on math.SE mathjax processes them, which often gives horrible results; see there for example. (I don't believe ...


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This depends on exactly what you mean. I'll try to give a broad overview. This is a subject that I've been doing an extensive amount of data mining on for fun, so I happen to have a great deal of info on it, but for now I'm just stating the basics. In my answer here, I gave a list of 53 questions which topped the network hot questions list over the past 146 ...


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Thank you for replying Asaf. This is my response to your post. There's plenty of stuff here that I agree with to some extent. I do have some concerns though. Firstly, I would have liked it if the community was privy to the discussion between the moderators about when to remove questions from the HNQ. This could easily have been a meta post a long time ago. ...


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In my mind the goal is not really different from that of other sites, at least not from that of other established sites with science or technical content. I share many points of view expressed in the linked post. The global goal of the HNQ seems to me to offer: "the best posts of the network that are of interest to a wider population than only experts on ...


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I haven't logged into this site for some time, but I felt I needed to to register my displeasure if our community indeed marches further down this route. This might not come as a surprise, given my last meta question: Under what criteria should we remove questions from the HNQ list? Let me start by stating that the goal is to filter out bad titles. If it ...


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Moderators frequently remove questions from the HNQ. Our site is large and provides many interesting questions. The number of questions per site is limited. Removals increase the turnover of math-questions in the HNQ and thus allow more math-questions to get known network-wide. Put differently it seems better to have eight questions there for three hours ...


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There is at least something that can be done to reduce the degree of embarrassment that "hot" questions bring to Math.SE: improve their titles. The titles are what ~3 million daily visitors to SE actually see; relatively few will click through to the question (although the absolute number of visits may still be high). Misspelled words, poor ...


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This request is, specifically, declined but we have added a subset of words to the HNQ filter just now. Using the responses to the question asked by quid: Which words (if any) in the title of a question should prevent inclusion in the HNQ list? I've requested the top upvoted answers there to be added to the HNQ block and I've marked those words status-...


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My intention is that an upvote of this answer indicates agreement with the following statement: I am in favor of creating a blacklist of terms which will prevent a post from appearing on the HNQ. The precise composition of that list be determined once we have agreed that such a list should exist in the first place. Pontification What follows are an ...


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These lists are automatically generated by a formula as described here. According to this accepted MSO answer, in the past there was no intent to change the formula to account for the reputation of voters.1 And who's to say that "active" math.SE users are not upvoting our poetry question? Five answers were given by $\geq 1000$ reputation users. Note, also,...


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I could say a lot about this, but I'll do my best to be as brief as possible. The hot questions list is something that I've been collecting data on for a few months now. Barring a few strange cases, I have a formula which seems to be approximately correct for most questions. Note that the formula is different from the one Arthur Fischer's answer references; ...


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Wow, when I last looked at this, I completely missed the "how to exclude an element from processing" in MathJax's documentation. The tex2jax configuration has an ignoreClass option that does exactly what we need: MathJax.Hub.Config({ tex2jax: { ignoreClass: "tex2jax_ignore" } }); I've added the .tex2jax_ignore class to the Hot Network ...


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