To better understand the advantages and disadvantages of having MO questions featured in the list of hot network questions, as discussed here and here, it would be useful if Stack Exchange could release concrete data regarding how much traffic is generated by users clicking MO questions from this list compared to traffic coming from other likely sources, such as math.SE or reddit.
These are rough numbers, I'm afraid - I'm combining data from Google Analytics and our internal event tracking system, so there's a reasonable chance we're measuring slightly different things. Hopefully, this is sufficient to give you a rough comparison:
In the past 30 days, MathOverflow has seen:
- 26,189 visits from Mathematics Stack Exchange
- 10,386 visits from Reddit
- 8,785 visits from Stack Overflow
- 3,667 visits from the various hot lists on various Stack Exchange sites - note that these will have contributed to BOTH of the "visits from Mathematics" and "visits from Stack Overflow" totals as well.