Case in point: Why does Yoda mourn the Jedi after Order 66 is executed?
The question itself is actually pretty good and insightful.
However, the answers are clearly subpar. They are not bad, but they are nothing more than probably-correct guesses, not backed up by even a shred of canon as of right now (the accepted and highest voted answer, when challenged, couldn't come up with anything better than user-generated image description on Wookiepedia).
Comparable answers on less visited/popular questions usually get at most 2-3 upvotes. Yet, these answers are already upvoted to 20+ by influx of people from Hot Network Questions list.
IMHO this severely degrades the site, by both:
Devaluing site's good content, which is NOT inflated by Hot Topics effect.
Likely repelling users who CAN contribute good content to that specific question (I won't speak for other site SW experts, but I personally refuse to research and answer that question because competing with existing 20+ vote answers isn't something I look forward to, nor is having my answer look "bad" by comparison).
Showcasing very poor content to the visitors as "good" (judging by upvotes) content. Those subpar answers are NOT an impression of a site I want to give to an influx of new users!
Do NOT accurately represent the opinion of subject experts - because such fly-in visitors have enough rep to upvote (101) BUT not enough rep to downvote (or incentive to, even if they could).
This was just the latest example, I see the same happening all the time.
As such, can we as a site either:
Remove ability of a site visitor to upvote a question if they came to the question from Hot Topics list and their only site rep is a +100 association bonus
Opt out of Hot List participation alltogether.
 - this is a well-known request on Meta.SE but so far there appears to be no traction to fix this network-wide
P.S. Lest someone things it's sour grapes at not having been the one to answer, here's my answer that unjustly got Hot-Question upvote wave despite being not all that good: Why was Sméagol affected by the ring so fast, while both Frodo and Sam could handle it without immediately trying to choke each other?. I don't think it's worth even 5 upvotes.