I'm actually gathering information for this year's Datapalooza. It's going to be epic. There is so much data!
Anyways, I've been working on ways to track what is on the hot network bar and what is not. The hot questions tab is a good guideline for starters, but not all the questions on the hot tab make the network sidebar. Specifically, questions seem to need to be a few hours old to make it. There doesn't seem to be a view minimum, since questions with under 100 views have made it on the weekend. But generally, questions with more views tend to make the network bar more than questions with fewer views.
- Is there any post talking about how a question gets selected for the hot network bar?
- Does anyone have leads on information that would allow me to calculate what is on the hot network bar?
- Is there any record of which questions make the hot network bar, and for how long they were there?