I'm curious, as I see questions from many sites which I never heard of, but I never see one of Latin.SE.
If not, is it allowed to collude and coordinate a viralisation of a question (via several quick answers and comments and views)?
This site has had questions on the HNQ (Hot Network Questions) list. I recall there being a time when we had three questions on that list at the same time.
The HNQ questions shown on the side panel are a small selection of all HNQ questions. The full HNQ list is far longer. I'm under the impression that the ones shown in the side panel are a random selection from the longer list, but there may be some ranking involved, too.
The hotness of a question is currently calculated using this formula:
(MIN(AnswerCount, 10) * QScore) / 5 + AnswerScore ------------------------------------------------- MAX(QAgeInHours + 1, 6) ^ 1.4
There are also some additional adjustments. You can read about some details here, but I don't know how much of it is up to date. (There has also been discussion on reorganizing the HNQ ranking if you are interested.) If you hover your mouse over a question on the HNQ list, you can see the hotness score it has.
The list consists of the highest scoring questions on the network. Notice that the score decays as the question ages, so all questions will eventually drop. I think questions over 30 days old are ineligible.
If you want to promote a question to the HNQ list, you need to increase its hotness score. Views and comments don't help there. The score of the the question and answers are important. One of the most important things is (unfortunately if you ask me) the number of answers.
Most of our HNQ questions are the ones that get two or more answers pretty quickly. In some cases the question title is interesting and people follow the HNQ link and vote. This phenomenon is quite rare, but it has happened a couple of times. For reference, here are the questions of 5000 or more views. You can change the view limit to see more or less.
If you collude to bring a question to the HNQ list, you do the site a service, so I have nothing against it. I have seen opinions on other SE sites that getting to the list is a disservice, but I think the thing it takes to get there — many answers and votes — is a service.
I strongly support giving a lot of answers. Even if the answer is simple, it should be given as an answer instead of a comment. This does promote our questions in the HNQ list, but that's not my main motivation. It's just that the site seems to function better in many respects when there are several answers to compare and vote. Even rewording and emphasizing some key points of an older answer is fine (and encouraged); it can be immensely helpful. Many users might be experts, but the site is supposed to be helpful to non-experts as well, and someone with less knowledge can benefit from different explanations of the same thing quite a lot.