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Here's Hot and Featured. Interesting is based on your history and tags you've favorited/ignored –  Some Helpful Commenter Jun 12 '12 at 22:20
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You can hover your mouse over the tabs and it will give you a brief, one sentence summary for each.

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Here's a listing of tabs groupings and their summaries,

  • interesting: questions that may be of interest to you based on your history and tag preferences

  • featured: questions with an open bounty

  • hot: questions with the most views, answers, and votes over the last few days

  • week: questions with the most views, answers, and votes this week

  • month: questions with the most views, answers and votes this month

  • newest: the most recently asked questions

  • faq: questions with the most links

  • votes: questions with the most votes

  • active: questions that have recent activity

  • unanswered: questions that have no upvoted answers

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Sorry I didn't see the hover info but thanks any way! –  ebelendez Jun 13 '12 at 14:33
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"questions with the most links" is not clear to me. The most links to the question from other SE questions? The most external links pointing to the question? –  Aaron Jun 14 '12 at 17:56
    
I'm also curious as to what exactly "questions with the most links" means. Can anyone clarify this? –  Josh Aug 19 '12 at 11:51
    
@Alex "hot: questions with the most views, answers, and votes over the last few days". How may days? –  Geek Jan 12 at 13:15
    
@Geek I don't think a specific time frame is specified (please correct me if I'm wrong). –  Alex Lockwood Jan 12 at 22:07
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