Would there be interest in a "Hotness" ranking option in addition to the Active ranking?
As many of you may know, it is possible to sort questions by Activity by clicking the little “Active” button. When you do this, the questions with the most recent answers appear at the top.
The “problem” with the active ranking is that it only takes one factor into account: the time since the most recent response. As such, it does not always accurately represent the intensity of the threads. A thread with only one answer (but a brand new one) could rank above a thread with forty slightly older answers.
My idea is that a hotness ranking would take more factors into account. In addition to the time since the last response, it would take into account the number of answers, the number of answerers, and the age of the question. This way, sorting by hotness would be a more accurate way to rank questions be intensity.
Also, to calm fears that this is going to be “popularity contest,” GAs/GQs aren’t taken into account, and the calculated hotness scores will not be publicly visible. The current “Everything” view will always be the default.
I also fixed something with the tabs. It used to be that if you had the Active tab selected and then went to a different section, the Active tab was de-selected. Now, the Active tab remains selected so you don’t have to keep re-clicking it.