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I was wondering how the Top Apps / Hot Apps and Libraries list is determined. It currently looks like this (click to enlarge):

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I've tried to compare it with the list of questions tagged , both the 'newest' and the 'active' tab, and while there are similarities, there are also differences, even when filtering out only those with a couple of upvotes.

Yes, they all have been recently active (except maybe for the last one), but that's not the only criteria. Maybe there is some kind of formula like the one for hot network questions?

  • This is a cross-site duplicate of: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4766/… – Brock Adams Oct 17 '17 at 19:10
  • Somehow I never noticed other sites have 'hot' tabs as well (StackApps has one of those, too). You're saying that it's basically that + a filter on [app], [library] (and [script] for the other tab)? – Glorfindel Oct 17 '17 at 19:26
  • Also, this question appears on StackApps' hot tab, but not on the Apps tab. So additional filtering (score?) is somehow active as well. – Glorfindel Oct 17 '17 at 19:27
  • Yes, that recipe + the tag filter is probably how it's done. – Brock Adams Oct 17 '17 at 21:29

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