I'm not sure I can phrase this other than as "why is my most popular question so popular?" but I am genuinely curious as to how I can get first the Popular Question badge and then, within an hour, the Notable Question badge for my question LaTeX3 versus pure Lua. I remember checking after getting the first one; it had about 1045 views. Now it has more than 2600 (which is in turn about 50 more than it has a few minutes ago when I got the badge). Did it get linked somewhere? Granted that it's a popular question; it's been relatively stable for most of the last week.

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At least two contributions:

  1. Stefan Kottwitz received the gold Publicist badge ("Shared a link to a question that was visited by 1000 unique IP addresses") as a result of posting it (somewhere).

  2. It was also tweeted to the Stack Exchange Twitter account.

  • Looks like Stefan is the "culprit"; the tweet is a week old.
    – Ryan Reich
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 2:44

The question was posted to Hackernews, which can easily drive that kind of traffic if you make it to the frontpage.

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