Hi programming community! It seems like from time to time, community members might make use of a feature that would allow users to hide their own projects from the Hot list. I've seen more than one use case for this:
- I've actually seen projects with comments and discussion posts that say things such as "please don't vote this up yet, it's a work in progress, and I don't want it popular/on the hot list yet!"
- Current policy says that "projects ... such as memes, messages, and images, may be removed from the Hotlist" if they seem to be more intended for vote-gathering than showcasing programming skills. However, sometimes users just want to make something relatively short and simple with a few lines of code, and aren't interested in votes, or showcasing their skills. Being able to voluntarily hide our own projects would offer a solution, and it would keep community chatter down about whether something that's receiving votes really deserves to be on the Hot list. This type of chatter is not uncommon, and usually gets fairly off-topic quickly.
To the community: Would you use a "hide my own project from the hot list (permanent!)" feature? Can you see any drawbacks, moderation challenges, or ways to misuse such a system?
While I'm not in a position to snap my fingers and make such a feature happen, I do have an idea for a possible quick 'n' easy implementation that might make this a really easy feature request for developers -- if there's a good reason.
Any thoughts, project makers?