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I've noticed this behaviour a few times the past weeks in the weekly newsletter. A person comments or posts an answer on an old question that was once popular and it becomes one of the two greatest hits from previous weeks in the newsletter.

Doesn't from previous weeks imply that the question shouldn't be older than a few weeks? The name sounds a bit odd to me when it's about a question that's more than a year old.

Example from this week's newsletter: Android requires compiler compliance level 5.0 or 6.0. Found '1.7' instead. Please use Android Tools > Fix Project Properties.

Is this meant to be behave like this or is this a bug in the newsletter generator?

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Doesn't from previous weeks imply that the question shouldn't be older than a few weeks?

The only thing I infer from "from previous weeks" is that it's not from this week. Any previous week should be included.

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While that is technically true, that would raise the question why it's called 'greatest hits from previous weeks' instead of something along the lines of 'greatest all time hits'. –  lesderid Jun 25 '13 at 20:27
    
The current algorithm also seems to favour questions with recent activity over questions with no recent activity, which again implies that the questions are in a way current. This however is often just caused by a new answer to a question that's not particularly useful anymore. –  lesderid Jun 25 '13 at 20:31
    
It's called 'greatest hits from previous weeks' because it's a weekly newsletter. Everything else is from the past week. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 25 '13 at 20:45

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