What is the function of the 'Frequent' sorting option on the Questions tab?

  • Roughly, the questions listed earlier are those that have more pages on-site linking to them. But I don't know more exactly than that, so am posting this as a comment rather than an answer. – msh210 Mar 20 '13 at 19:47
  • @msh210, alright, I'll take my question over to meta.SO. – Seth J Mar 20 '13 at 19:52
  • In theory you should get answers here also: SE is insistent that the sites' Meta sites are just as good. (And if you post a bug report or feature request here, and it's not something that's already been dealt with at MSO, then the mods here are supposed to call it to SE staff members' attention.) De facto, though, more people who will know an answer or have suggestions will see it on MSO. So in general it might be wiser to ask there. In this case, I'll be glad to advertise your question among some other SE people and see if it gets any answers -- unless you've asked on MSO already. Have you? – msh210 Mar 20 '13 at 20:01
  • ...Ah, I see you have. Re-asked at meta.stackexchange.com/q/172726. – msh210 Mar 20 '13 at 20:04
  • @msh210 <slaps own wrist> I already asked over there (and got an answer). – Seth J Mar 20 '13 at 20:04

Since you then asked the same question on Meta Stack Overflow, I'll quote Oded's answer from there so this doesn't stay unanswered:

When many questions are closed as a duplicate of one specific question, that question is a "Frequent" question - that is, it has been asked, in different guises, frequently. In addition, if the question is linked to from another question, it is one of the "Frequently" linked to questions.

In essence the sort is for questions that have been linked to often within the site.

If you hover over the tab, the tooltip is "questions with the most links" - that is, with many questions linking to it.

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