There are several changes, one that jumps out to me as potentially important for Pets.se is this one.
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. Source Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less “hotness”!
We get on the Hot Network Questions list fairly often and normally it is a good thing. Occasionally it is questionable. Most of you may recall a recent example that I am not going to name, it does not need any more attention.
I don't think we need to make any decisions now, but if in the future there is a question that the community would prefer not remain on the Hot Network Questions list; start a meta discussion about it.
Put one Remove from Hot Network Questions list answer
And one Keep on the Hot Network Questions list answer
If/when the Remove has 5 votes more then the Keep answer, we can consider that as consensus to remove from Hot Network Questions list.
In any case Hot Network Questions, will not stay on the list for more than 3 days.
Questions will age out of the list after being on it for 72 hours.
- Mods can only select the "remove from hot network questions" button while the question is on the list. The HNQ list is updated every 15 minutes, and questions near the bottom may cycle on and off with updates.