Why did this recent question: FizzBuzz in Javascript get so many views and, presumably, many more votes (than would be normal)?

My initial theory was that it contains the tags and that tag combined with possibly caused the situation, though I created a related question with those same tags (plus a couple others) and, at the time of writing, it has fewer than 1% as many views (i.e. 57 compared to 7,830).

I did notice that the aforementioned question was migrated from SO, and there was a Great answer tweet for the answer by Paul. Though, there are tweets for the majority of new CR posts on that same feed, including the latter post I mentioned.

When searching for those two tags I see that the former question is the second highest voted question, and others that have similar number of votes are a bit older (e.g. by 3-4 years).

I also reviewed an unanswered question with those tags and, per habit/progress towards the Illuminator badge, edited that question which should make it appear in the active view of questions, yet views of that question don't seem to have gone up by much.

Is there intelligence from Mod/10k tools, or other analysis tools, that could show why the former post has so many more views that I would have expected? Did the question appear in the list of Hot Network Questions across network sites?


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I don't have access to any mod tools, but looking at the Edit History does have one detail:

Edit History

Generally, questions that are tweeted are approaching, or have gone, HNQ status. Chances are that activity on the question triggered a tweet, which triggered high views, possible HNQ, and as a result, high upvotes.

As a note: one answer on it (the one at 47 votes, as of my writing) is a very good answer, and includes highly effective code-snippets. Again, I don't have details of the algorithms, but chances are that definitely helped garner many views / votes over a short period, which also helped push it into potential HNQ status.

Edit: one of the mods indicated that it looks like it was HNQ before the tweet:

AFAICT from the mod timeline I'd guess that it was HNQ even before it was tweeted

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    \$\begingroup\$ This many views? Absolutely had HNQ status for at least half a day. Fizzbuzz questions always do well once they hit HNQ. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mast Mod
    Jan 25, 2019 at 18:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ AFAICT from the mod timeline I'd guess that it was HNQ even before it was tweeted \$\endgroup\$
    – Vogel612
    Jan 25, 2019 at 19:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Vogel612 Had a suspicion -- don't have access to complex enough information to really gauge that, but nice to have that (partially) confirmed. :) \$\endgroup\$ Jan 25, 2019 at 19:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Per this Meta answer, I verified via the web archive for that day... apparently since Feb 28, 2019 this info will appear in the post revision history \$\endgroup\$ Apr 2, 2019 at 16:18

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