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This question about nominations for Pro Tempore Moderators on Computer Science Educators Meta was a featured question, but was unfeatured on June 23. However, it sometimes still appears as featured on the main page of Computer Science Educators SE:

Screenshot of the featured question box, including freehand red circles

This might have something to do with the fact that the post was locked shortly after the tag has been removed.

This bug also extends to the API. During a period when they question appears in the sidebar, the API route /questions?tagged=featured&site=cseducators.meta returns:

{
  "items": [
    {
      "tags": [
        "discussion",
        "featured",
        "topic-challenges"
      ],
      "owner": {
        "reputation": 2721,
        "user_id": 58,
        "user_type": "moderator",
        "accept_rate": 12,
        "profile_image": "https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZnN3lJjklJg/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAWE/zqGtDAyXfjo/photo.jpg?sz=128",
        "display_name": "thesecretmaster",
        "link": "https://cseducators.meta.stackexchange.com/users/58/thesecretmaster"
      },
      "is_answered": true,
      "view_count": 91,
      "answer_count": 2,
      "score": 9,
      "last_activity_date": 1501024496,
      "creation_date": 1499711767,
      "last_edit_date": 1499961119,
      "question_id": 207,
      "link": "https://cseducators.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/207/topic-challenges",
      "title": "Topic Challenges"
    },
    {
      "tags": [
        "discussion",
        "faq",
        "featured",
        "new-users"
      ],
      "owner": {
        "reputation": 3275,
        "user_id": 1293,
        "user_type": "registered",
        "profile_image": "https://i.stack.imgur.com/dxcsS.jpg?s=128&g=1",
        "display_name": "Buffy",
        "link": "https://cseducators.meta.stackexchange.com/users/1293/buffy"
      },
      "is_answered": false,
      "view_count": 127,
      "answer_count": 0,
      "community_owned_date": 1499432641,
      "score": 9,
      "last_activity_date": 1499616804,
      "creation_date": 1499431354,
      "last_edit_date": 1499616804,
      "question_id": 203,
      "link": "https://cseducators.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/203/what-does-a-new-member-need-to-know-on-this-site",
      "title": "What does a new member need to know on this site?"
    },
    {
      "tags": [
        "discussion",
        "moderation"
      ],
      "owner": {
        "reputation": 266,
        "user_id": 23,
        "user_type": "moderator",
        "profile_image": "https://www.gravatar.com/avatar/2cf2eee5993f6cf3b0b149c2f8c5a323?s=128&d=identicon&r=PG",
        "display_name": "Robert Cartaino",
        "link": "https://cseducators.meta.stackexchange.com/users/23/robert-cartaino"
      },
      "is_answered": true,
      "view_count": 609,
      "answer_count": 7,
      "score": 15,
      "locked_date": 1498246037,
      "last_activity_date": 1498235396,
      "creation_date": 1496674251,
      "last_edit_date": 1498235396,
      "question_id": 75,
      "link": "https://cseducators.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/75/accepting-nominations-who-should-moderate-this-site",
      "title": "Accepting Nominations -- Who should moderate this site?"
    }
  ],
  "has_more": false,
  "quota_max": xxxx,
  "quota_remaining": xxxx
}

This includes the nomination post as well as the 2 featured posts (at the time of this edit).


As Shadow the Hedgehog Wizard mentioned in their comment, the same issue appears with the Meta question containing the hat contest, which was locked shortly before the tag was removed (see the revision history for details) and is at the time of this edit still visible in the sidebar.

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    Caching will often leave a post in the Featured list for a few hours after the tag is removed, but a week is out of the ordinary and does sound like a bug. – SevenSidedDie Jun 30 '17 at 19:50
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    @SevenSidedDie It's now been more than a week, and it disappears and reappears, and seems to effect every user. – thesecretmaster Jul 1 '17 at 14:18
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    This is using some unstable cache, SE developer has to manually kick/refresh it. (it happened more than once in the past.) – Shadow The Burning Wizard Jul 3 '17 at 19:03
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    Still happening. Affects every user, and randomly shows up and disappears, at the same times for every user. It's always that meta post. – thesecretmaster Jul 22 '17 at 12:04
  • shouldiblamecaching.com – Optimus Prime Jul 26 '17 at 6:57
  • @SagarV no, we're talking here about whole week. – Shadow The Burning Wizard Jul 26 '17 at 7:19
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    And it strikes again with the Silly Putty swag contest. :/ – Shadow The Burning Wizard Dec 26 '17 at 14:46
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard I think it's on purpose XD (I'm actually quite sure it isn't, but wouldn't it be funny?) – ItamarG3 Dec 26 '17 at 14:47
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard Thank you for mentioning that. I've included it in the question. – TuringTux Dec 26 '17 at 16:42

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