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Newb question (sorry...) but I couldn't find a solid answer to this anywhere in the FAQ's...

What determines whether a question is categorized in the hot/activity/week&month lists (I know featured=bounty). Activity seems self-explanatory, but how is it differentiated from "hot," for example?

Also, is it possible to customize your experience on the site so that your home page only shows questions pertaining to a particular tag, or selection of tags?

Thanks again for your help! I'm very grateful.

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Welcome to Meta, @Zak! Your question about hot vs. active has been asked before: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11596/… – Pops Aug 17 '10 at 4:26
    
As for your other question, see this FAQ: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19173/… Since your questions have been asked before, I'm going to vote to close your post; it's not a bad thing, it just helps to keep things organized. – Pops Aug 17 '10 at 4:30

What determines whether a question is categorized in the hot/activity/week&month lists (I know featured=bounty). Activity seems self-explanatory, but how is it differentiated from "hot," for example?

A formula is used to determine a hot question's ranking. See here: What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions?

Also, is it possible to customize your experience on the site so that your home page only shows questions pertaining to a particular tag, or selection of tags?

Yes! There is an interface on the right side that allows you to highlight questions with your "interesting" tags, and grey out (or hide -- see your user preferences in your profile) questions with your "ignored" tags.

You can add tags to either group in two ways: 1. enter the tag manually into the box and click the Add button, and 2. from a search result listing, if you hover over a tag on a question, you can add that tag to the appropriate group using the little popup menu that appears.

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Also, if you hover over a tag (below a question) you will get an info box. You can click the "star" to toggle between ignored/favourite etc. – Chris Nash Apr 8 '13 at 16:04

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