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What caused this site to be excluded from Hot Network Questions?

The tweet has been deleted, but it was a screenshot of 3 questions. First, How to approach a friend about his girlfriend asking to sleep with me?. Secondly, How do I tell students at a school I ...
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Revisiting HNQ participation for IPS

Yes, I think we should go back on HNQ We had a discussion about this last month, and the consensus was that we do eventually want back on HNQ, but that we shouldn't do it yet. I can't speak to the ...
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Let's go back to HNQ!

Update: As of... just now (20 May 2019), the site setting for minimum question age should be active and we've added IPS back to the HNQ list with one question at a time. Please keep me updated on ...
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Does IPS want to be back on HNQ?

Let's stay off for now. There's no denying that HNQ definitely brought us a lot of traffic, and that we need traffic as a site to survive. That's self-evident. The problem is, a lot of the traffic ...
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Revisiting HNQ participation for IPS

I spent a while reading through IPS's old meta discussions on the HNQ - the two you linked to (1, 2), as well as some slightly older stuff (3, 4). After sifting through them all, I've isolated some of ...
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What caused this site to be excluded from Hot Network Questions?

So, first off, I want to get a few things out of the way. Hi to all my lovely IPS friends! This removal from the HNQ is temporary. How temporary will depend on a few things. It will probably last at ...
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Moratorium on Hot Network Questions until we have greater control over content

I don't think this will help. The attention we get from the HNQ list is a symptom of a larger issue and I think that shutting it off would only make the underlying issues less apparent. Are the HNQ ...
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Should question with "too many" answers be remove from HNQ?

Not really. In my opinion, the number of answers shouldn't be the only reason to remove a question from HNQ. There could be good answers and remember the answers can still be added even after ...
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Does IPS want to be back on HNQ?

Does IPS want to be back on HNQ? Yes!! I don't think there is a single IPS user I've talked to in chat or heard from on meta that is happy with this change. I know you're not focusing this question ...
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How many questions should we allow to hit HNQ?

I would be okay with starting with one or two, and practicing and honing our skills of editing question titles and content, to make sure that whatever does get on the HNQ represents us as best as we ...
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What are the data regarding this site's removal from Hot Network Questions? Is this site cleared for potential re-inclusion?

This is later than I would have liked but having a couple of months of data rather than one or two does give us a bit more information. Could wait until Friday and have another month but... eh... For ...
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Can the threshold for protecting questions be lowered?

I think this is somewhat backwards. If the community cannot handle the questions through the normal means of self moderation, then you're not ready for the question yet. That's the angle to approach ...
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When should mods remove questions from HNQ?

I chatted with the other mods about going back on HNQ, so here's my thoughts.. TL;DR, we should remove: When the OP requests it When it’s attracting negative attention because of issues that can’t be ...
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What to do about incomplete questions hitting HNQ?

tl;dr If the question is not answerable as is, close it. If it's attracting bad answers, protect it. If all other options are exhausting and it's still bringing too much bad content, remove it from ...
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When should mods remove questions from HNQ?

I already posted this here (7 upvotes, no downvote) but since the question was split into two, here we go again: I just wanted to point that, in my opinion, if an OP asks that their question be ...
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When should mods remove questions from HNQ?

I would prefer that moderators see this tool purely as a last resort, as it seems like that was the reason it was added. It sounds like most problems with the HNQ can and should be handled in other ...
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What caused this site to be excluded from Hot Network Questions?

I'll respond to this individually, but in a broad sense, we've been fixing issues with the hot network questions list with duct tape and regular expressions for years now. I just kicked off a ...
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What are the data regarding this site's removal from Hot Network Questions? Is this site cleared for potential re-inclusion?

Here are some data that I got from the Site analytics page (>5k users only). The data are from the 2018-Feb-10 to the 2019-Feb-07 and each point represents a week (not a day). Data about posts ...
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How many questions should we allow to hit HNQ?

For the number of question we want on HNQ at the same time, I believe we should start slow. To me, if we go too fast, things might get "out of hands". However, I don't see any danger in going too ...
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On the HNQ and its effects on the site stats

During our respite from HNQ, community moderation efforts have been focused on cleaning up older questions on the site. This included deleting a lot of VLQ answers on old HNQ messes. Can we account ...
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Automatically protect questions that hit HNQ

I vote no because everyone needs to start somewhere. HNQ tends to attract low quality answers, but some new users post great answers on HNQ. If we protected all HNQ automatically, we would prevent any ...
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What's the best way to deal with VLQ "answers" when you can't flag them appropriately?

Use Your Downvotes If you see a bad answer, step 1 is to downvote it. The way to fight bad content is to delete it. The community can only delete posts if they have a negative score. That will only ...
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When should mods remove questions from HNQ?

Transferred from the original question Gonna back up my statements here with more explanation. "I believe that the mods and the community can communicate, to get at least a general agreement to ...
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Writing a featured sum-up post to help new users understand the site quickly

I think an additional version of the FAQ will just add more noise on meta, and won't make people any more likely to read it. I strongly suspect that the majority of users visiting from HNQ who leave ...
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Should we protect questions instead of pushing them out of HNQ?

However, shouldn't we have protected these questions first? And maybe add some kind of banner at the top of the question? No. And perhaps a bit yes. Protecting is a preventive measure, HNQ removal is ...
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What's the best way to deal with VLQ "answers" when you can't flag them appropriately?

This post explains how we've been dealing with unsupported answers on IPS. TL;DR, flag as "not an answer" (often shortened to "NAA"). So here's what I'd propose as a strategy for everyone using the ...
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Can the threshold for protecting questions be lowered?

I'm not even sure it's technically possible but I can ask the CMs. Personally, I don't really think we need this. The moderators get an auto flag when a question hits 10 answers or 20 comments on the ...
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Is it time to increase our number of HNQ question?

tl;dr Let's wait just a bit Some Data I left a comment with some data in it yesterday, and I'd like to expand on that a bit. The text of the comment in case it gets deleted at some point: My ...
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How many questions should we allow to hit HNQ?

Bearing in mind that we're currently running on 0, I don't see why we don't simply ramp up one at a time until we break past the sweet spot and then reduce back down to that number if we go past it. ...
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Is it time to increase our number of HNQ question?

I was under the impression that we were already allowing more than one question to hit HNQ; goes to show how well I read posts... I think that the last 6 months have been great vis-à-vis HNQ ...
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