Can anyone please explain how come this question got 1k views in nine hours?

Not that I object. :) Just trying to understand what drives hits to this site.


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Your question is featured in the "hot questions" in the Stack Exchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™:

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Of course for a question to make it into that list, it first has to get a few upvotes in a short time (more details on the "hot questions" algorithm here), and yours did (it's a good question, after all). So a lot of the traffic came from within the Stack Exchange network.

Also, a chunk of the traffic probably came from Programmers, as the question was featured in our chat room. That's how I found out about it.

  • Make sense, I've seen it on SE questions page. The question is, how did it get there? Feb 15, 2013 at 9:48
  • @bytebuster You got a lot of upvotes in a short time, see the link in my answer for a fuller explanation of the algorithm.
    – user515
    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:49
  • Do you mean, it triggers SE to pump it to the "popular" page, regardless of actual number of views? If so, it explains the thing. Feb 15, 2013 at 9:51
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    @bytebuster ( (log(Qviews)*4) + ((Qanswers * Qscore)/5) + sum(Ascores) ) / ( ((Qage+1) - ((Qage - Qupdated)/2)) ^ 1.5 ) Variables that factor in: Question views, age and score, and answers score. The quick and good answers also played a big part in getting the question into the "hot" list.
    – user515
    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:52
  • Thanks a lot, I guess this formula should be part of your answer. Feb 15, 2013 at 9:54
  • It is in the answer – sort of. One just needs to follow the link. :^)
    – J.R. Mod
    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:05
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    Thank you for using the correct terminology to describe the Stack Exchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™, and freehand circle :)
    – Deco
    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:24

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