Hot Network Questions update
There was recently an update to the Hot Network Question feature announced on meta.stackexchange. The following section appears in that post (emphasis mine):
Moderators have the ability to remove questions from the HNQ List.
There are times when the hotness formula selects a question that a site would rather not have featured. Up until now, the only recourse that was available was to close the question (which may be appropriate anyway but isn't ideal when done purely to manage traffic), or to do nothing. We're putting the power in the hands of our moderators to remove questions that don't set a good example for their sites. I recommend each site have a meta discussion with guidance for moderators about when - if ever - a question should be removed.
So our question to the community is:
When, if ever, should a question be removed from the hot network questions list? What kinds of questions do not set a good example for our site?
Before you answer, consider the following points (also from the linked meta.stackexchange post that you may wish to read in its entirety):
Removing a question should not be a substitute for fixing it! Remember that it may take several hours for a moderator to respond to a flag so do what you can, first:
- If the title seems click-baity or doesn't adequately describe the question, edit it!
- If the body is full of spelling or grammatical errors, fix them!
- If the body contains unnecessary detail or salacious content, see if it can be removed without impacting the question.
- If the question is unclear or broad, vote to close it. In most cases it will be better to close a question and wait for it to be improved rather than asking for it to be removed.
This tool is a big gun and should be used sparingly. Don't reach for it if you think the question can be fixed.
To be clear
The purpose of mod-removal of HNQs is not because they're bad, or off-topic, or otherwise closeworthy—closing a question removes it from HNQ too. The purpose of mod-removal is to prevent HNQ from amplifying unwanted attention on topics that generate tedious repetitive controversy; argumentation based on popular folk wisdom/myths that lots of people have strong, wrong, and/or unfounded opinions about; etc.
Removing a question from HNQ leaves it open for crypto.se to discuss without inviting confused hordes from all over SE to trample on it.
As requested, there is now a separate thread for discussing "What do we want to see on the HNQ list?"