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What puts a question on the hot list, an algorithm?

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  • $\begingroup$ It requires answers, and both the question and answers need to be upvoted. $\endgroup$ – Rebecca J. Stones Feb 26 at 4:31
  • $\begingroup$ @RebeccaJ.Stones ...without much delay after posting it. Only new questions go into HNQ. $\endgroup$ – luchonacho Mar 2 at 21:20
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Hot questions are fully automatic.

See the hot questions tag info on Meta Stack Exchange:

“Hot questions” can refer to two things:

In both cases, questions are included if they hit a large “hotness” in a short time, with hotness determined by score, views and number of answers. The formulas for both cases are different; e.g. questions without answers never appear on the Hot Network Questions, but can appear on a site's "hot" tab.

The "hot" tab of the per-site meta is used to obtain questions to show in the "Hot Meta Posts" block part of the on the main site; for questions about that, use that tag as well.

The network-wide list has further adjustments to avoid being completely dominated by a site, and entire sites can be excluded from the list on a case-by-case basis. Inclusion is fully automatic, and cannot be controlled even by moderators (not without major side effects such as closing the question).

Useful links

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  • $\begingroup$ My top question ever is this one. If it is an algorithm based on votes and answers I think it is much more complex to add a hot question here than on chess. This is the only one I puted on host list $\endgroup$ – user18590 Feb 25 at 13:03
  • $\begingroup$ I think here Muze is the only one who reached many hot questions (and uhoh). He asked generical. I have questions abour geology, but may ask questions that migth interest a bigger public $\endgroup$ – user18590 Feb 25 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Universal_learner Your linked post did become a hot network question. I agree that on science sites it's hard to get to hot questions because only a limited number of people can answer (interpersonal skills, travel, academia are easy to get on hot network questions). Questions I've asked on Stats often got less than ten views in a week... $\endgroup$ – gerrit Feb 25 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ The only question I puted here is this one It only has two answers. They were quick. Also the upvotes on question came quick. I realized Muze hot questions are allways generical, not too much technical. $\endgroup$ – user18590 Feb 25 at 13:15
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    $\begingroup$ @Universal_learner This question by uhoh is currently hot. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Feb 25 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Universal_learner I've added a feed that posts new hot network questions from Earth Science to Earth Science Chat. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Feb 25 at 14:10

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