In Stack Exchange landing page, there is a "Top Network Askers" pane to the right:
What purpose does it serve?
To clarify further, I'm not asking what it is (a list of users who asked the 'hot' questions) or how it is created (hotness points).
But the information on the 'Top Network Askers' pane is already available under each listed question:
asked X hours ago by <username> on Y.
So what is the intent in presenting this information as a separate pane?