What is the meaning of the numbers in the leftmost column: $94$, $70$, $54$, ...? Uncharacteristically, neither hovering nor clicking reveals the meaning.

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting that MSE is (at least temporarily) dominating the "hot questions" list. $\endgroup$ – Joseph O'Rourke Jul 21 '13 at 2:08

The answer can be found here:How do the "arbitrary hotness points" work on the new Stack Exchange home page?, and in the question linked to on that page: What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions?. It takes a reddit-type formula (taking logs of scores) and divides it by its age, with quite a few other things thrown in.

It has it's opponents:Don't display arbitrary hotness points.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, Brian, for the thorough answer! $\endgroup$ – Joseph O'Rourke Jul 21 '13 at 2:09

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