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I think the answer is simple: Because people want to earn reputation points, and possibly even a nice golden badge, or at least a silver. A nice strategy in this context is to answer this kind of very popular questions that everybody thought once in their lifetime/career/afterlife. The same goes for the hopefully rare scenario of the questioner with bad ...


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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 grammar, ...


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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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The following assumptions are questionable: The edit adds "absolutely nothing." The edit was "blindly" approved. The edit was approved "because it gets [somebody] one step closer to some meaningless badge." Reasonable people can disagree. The 2 points of reputation are not a serious problem, and the rollback seems to have solved the problem of the ...


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Agreed! Especially, because the question was tagged homework such that it is good practice not to spell everything out in all the details. However also otherwise answers of people should not be substantially changed. If somebody thinks that there is a relevant bit of information missing he or she is free to provide an answer him/herself.


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