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I kicked the question from HNQ (after 10k views) because I don't think it's a good question to represent our community and attract the users we want on this site. The question itself is one of those "XYZ sucks, am I right?" questions. It attracted a lot of bad answers. 5 with negative score, three of them got deleted. It also attracted a lot of bad ...


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Questions on the HNQ is often the first impression people will get about our site. Ideally, only the best of our content should appear on that list. Your question, while not bad, shows zero prior research effort. A quick look at the relevant Wikipedia article is enough to answer it. In fact, that's all the accepted answer does, point you to Wikipedia. I ...


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When I happened upon the question, I noticed that the later answers were both opinionated and unsupported. There were also more than a handful overly chatty comments. A troubling pattern, and one that strongly hinted the question was past the point where the extra attention of the HNQ was of any benefit. Why not protect it? Protecting a question is a ...


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Hot Network Questions attract bad answers and bad comments, especially when they're about partisan current events like this one. While that question has one great answer and a few good answers (all of which were posted early on), its also attracting bad answers and lots of bad comments, most of which amounted to "Americans are stupid", which have to be ...


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While this was protected by a moderator (more privileges than a mere user), it's worth noting that normally you can't just run around protecting questions. Typically they need some low quality answers by new users to meet that threshold (and if enough of those are deleted via review, Community will step in and do the deed itself) That having been said, I ...


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Very rarely, when absolutely necessary to prevent harm to the site or the community. I cannot in good faith vote up Jeff Lambert's answer, because I do not want to handcuff the moderators if something outrageous and unusual happens. But, looking through the main-site questions linked in this meta question, I do not see a problem with the way HNQ is ...


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I've unprotected the question. Having it protected while it was featured in the HNQ list (and was attracting poor answers) was reasonable. Now that it dropped off the list, however, there's little reason to keep it protected. I also took this opportunity to unprotect a handful of other old questions. That said, I am not optimistic that the question will ...


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Never. As a community driven site, this is a hard question. Questions are only supposed to make it on the HNQ list once it has received sufficient votes within a certain time span, and explicitly removing questions from the HNQ after they get on it I think goes against the community. This could exacerbate feelings that moderators are being biased against [...


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