On the Hot Network Questions sidebar, there's almost always a Worldbuilding question there. However, a community like, say, Magento (picked at random), which apparently is almost 10x the size of Worldbuilding, I have never seen on the HNQ bar. So, why does Worldbuilding have such a disproportionate share of HNQ?

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    $\begingroup$ Worldbuilders are hot, Magento developers are not. $\endgroup$ Dec 8, 2021 at 18:06
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    $\begingroup$ Isn't 'hotness' a measure of activity? Question posts, answers, upvotes, accepts, etc? $\endgroup$
    – Lemming
    Dec 9, 2021 at 12:02
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    $\begingroup$ HNQing is a combination of answer number, speed, voting and question views. A site with greater activity per question relative to its size has more chances of going HNQ. That combination is then weighted according to the site (then SO and Maths get smaller weights than WB and RPG). These weights are not adjusted frequently, and exactly how they should be decided is not an objective task (since it is enacting a result based on subjective preferences to what the outcome should look like). $\endgroup$
    – Nij
    Dec 14, 2021 at 19:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Nij are the site weights public? $\endgroup$
    – Jontia
    Jan 17 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ Not in my awareness. @Jontia $\endgroup$
    – Nij
    Jan 17 at 20:36

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As TheSquareCubeLaw says, we're hot.

In practice it's because we interact, we're far more active. There are question and answers, the questions and answers get lots of votes. We know at a baseline that the HNQ is a self fulfilling prophesy that says if you're active you get more attention and more activity.

A quick glance over Magento, there's barely a question with a vote to its name, they're almost all on 0 bar a few, many don't have answers, or at best 1-2 answers, and even views barely into double figures.

A glance down our homepage and all the questions have votes, most into double figures, many have answers into double figures and views at least into triple figures with many into the thousands and more.

Apart from a couple of other similar stacks to ours, SciFi and RPG who also weigh heavily on HNQ, I suspect most stacks are more like Magento in their interaction levels. We're also more fun, and like SciFi and RPG, most people can at least understand what we're talking about. These are places you go for a bit of downtime, not more work.


Answering in worldbuilding is fun 90% of the time, a learning experience 5% of the time for one who answers and unpaid work 5% of the time.

On other websites, answering is 95% of the times unpaid work and 5% of the time boring.

Also reading questions on worlduilding is learning while having fun, schools should be like that, it's object oriented studying... while reading questions on other websites is normal textbook studying, you forget most of what you read anyway.

Yet I still remember answers I have read in this website 5-7 years ago.

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    $\begingroup$ insert meme saying ''99% of the percentages on the internet are made up" $\endgroup$
    – Drien RPG
    Jan 22 at 21:58

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