Why does Poker never get on the hot network question list?

There was a poker question from board games on the list.

  • Maybe because the community is too small to actually generate enough traffic to breach the threshold? That'd be my guess.
    – Seth
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 12:45
  • @Seth I looked it up and there is and activity equation
    – paparazzo
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 20:56
  • @Paparazzi perhaps you could post the equation and a link for future reference if people come across this question? I for one would be interested to know the mechanics of how questions make it onto the Hot Network Questions (I'd be surprised if there isn't a question on Meta Stack Exchange about this).
    – 3N1GM4
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 12:40
  • Yup, I think this Meta question has the info? Is that what you found @Paparazzi?
    – 3N1GM4
    Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 12:42

1 Answer 1


I believe it's detailed in this Meta answer:

Basically what's documented here:

What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions?

We have a few tweaks:

  • Succeeding questions from the same site are penalized by increasing amounts. So, the first question from SO in the list gets multiplied by 1.0, the second by 0.98, the third by 0.96, etc)

  • We make a per-site traffic adjustment so SO does not dominate the entire list

  • The benefit of many answers is capped at 10

  • We only degrade based on question age, and not the last update date on a question, so questions don't pop back up to the top every time they're edited

  • Views are not counted towards the score

The core of the formula (without the site-based degrading or traffic scaling) is:

(MIN(AnswerCount, 10) * QScore) / 5 + AnswerScore
        MAX(QAgeInHours + 1, 6) ^ 1.4

So for example, this question which has one answer with a score of 3, a question score of 3 and is 48 hours old would score 0.0017 whereas this question from SO would score about 0.054 (both before traffic scaling), so over 30 times higher scoring than the Poker.SE question.

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