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The excerpt for used in this meta site is the following:

A special moderator-only tag to mark important meta discussions. A question with this tag can be seen on the main site in a special sidebar in the questions list and when viewing individual questions.

Looking in SO, I see a "Featured" tab under "Questions," but that tab lists all the questions for which has been offered a bounty.
Where are the questions tagged shown?

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I felt very stupid reading this question without reading the quote. :P – cregox May 13 '11 at 14:48
(Some more details about MSO in a comment to Grace's answer.) – Arjan Dec 6 '11 at 17:58
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As far as I know, does not possess this improved functionality on Meta Stack Overflow. This is because it lacks the "Visit Meta" sidebar element, depicted below.

Image of English Stack Exchange, with the Visit Meta element on the right sidebar

This sidebar element provides links to hot Meta questions. The questions selected are based on the weekly hot questions and the front page questions on the Meta site, but has the highest priority and will be listed above any such.

As this Meta site does not possess an inhouse ad, instead the tag serves a normal functionality of grouping important announcements, for those who pay attention to them. But it's probably not used all that much because of their limit.

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If I am not mistaken, then questions tagged "featured" are also shown on the home page of MSO itself, along with the highest voted questions tagged "faq". Also note "featured" is removed from the post view after 30 days, though it then still shows in the latest post revision. Maybe it then also still shows in the list of tagged questions? – Arjan Dec 6 '11 at 17:57

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