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Well, it looks like it's that time of the year again!

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This post appears in HNQ. It probably shouldn't, for reasons discussed previously.

Related: HNQ has been hacked by the Russians, Should "Hot Network Questions" show questions from non-English-language sites if you're on an English-language site?

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    Possible duplicate of Questions from SO in Russian is still on Hot Network Question list - Other site, same bug – GDPR Feb 28 at 6:19
  • @MEEthesetupwizard Almost certainly related (and didn't come up when I searched?) but from what I can tell the issue there was it only checked the title, not the body -- and the ru question had an en title. In this case the majority of the title is ja. I'll poke a comment on there, thanks. – Bob Feb 28 at 6:22
  • You’ll see that the possible duplicate links to a completed bug report that explains why such bugs occur. – GDPR Feb 28 at 6:24
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    @MEEthesetupwizard Yes, I already clicked through.Yes, it explains the change SO is making that could've caused issues. Specifically, that they're now checking titles only. But here is a case where the title is mostly non-English, unlike the Russian example with English title. VtC if you want, but I'm not going to self-delete because I want SO to be aware of this case. – Bob Feb 28 at 6:28
  • @Bob, no, there is per-site setting that cause them to be excluded from the list, when checked, e.g. it's mentioned here. The bug is that it's no longer checking that setting. (Same way it didn't check for meta, which is fixed.) – Shadow Feb 28 at 9:21
  • I find I cannot understand half the HNQ titles anyway even when they are apparently in English so the odd bit of Japanese/Russian does not bother me. But I do seem to be in a minority. – mdewey Feb 28 at 16:24
  • Technically "kill" and "PID" would be detected as English and so the title barely falls under the 75% cutoff, so I think it's the same issue. – Troyen Mar 1 at 21:39

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