In the discussion on our back-it-up policy, Adam Bailey made a suggestion (3rd paragraph under point 5) that somehow got buried among his other points. In particular, he proposed that we as a site should limit our exposure to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ) queue. His rationale was:
[W]hen low-quality answers receive a lot of votes, some of those votes are by people who are not regular users of Economics SE but have seen a question on Hot Network Questions. We might explore (I think it would have to be raised with Stack Exchange management) the possibility of excluding our site from HNQs. This has already been done for several other sites (see here). The grounds for requesting exclusion would be that some economic questions are liable to attract attention from those with more interest in some social, political or other agenda than in economic science and that their votes can be harmful to the site.
I think this is quite a sensible proposal. Apparently every one of the 12 protected questions since last August had been on the HNQ queue before they got "protected". This is compelling evidence in favor of limiting, if not entirely excluding, our possible presence on the HNQ.
Should we follow through with this proposal?