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While checking my question's history (for the first time as I remember), I clicked the tiny clock like symbol beside the vote signs on my question and saw

16 hours ago history became hot network question

I don't understand what that means. Then I went around checking some other questions, most of them had the same thing in their history. Like this question, this and this. Some questions show this while some don't. I also checked most of my questions on English Language and Usage, they also have "became hot network question". What does it mean?

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Congratulations! By posting a question which got quite a few upvotes soon after you created it, and/or an answer with a good score, it made it into the Hot Network Questions list, which you see in the sidebar of most Q&A pages through the Stack Exchange network (see the screenshot below). You can view it as some kind of advertisement for your question.

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If you're interested, there's a lot of information about this feature on Meta Stack Exchange, for example in the following topics:

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  • Thanks Glorifindel! After posting this question, I went through all my questions on this community and English Language and Usage, most of my questions have "become hot network questions". :)
    – Sphinx
    Oct 29 '20 at 9:52

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