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According to What criteria is used to select the links that appear in the community bulletin (events / featured / hot meta posts / blog) sidebar block?:

  • If there are still under 4 items, the rest of the space is filled with hot questions not marked with any moderator status tag, scoring at least 3 and posted within the past two weeks. These are picked semi-randomly. (Note that the timing, score and tags can be adjusted per-site to suit the needs of each community)

This works well and no post with a status tag shows on, say, English Stack Overflow, Spanish Language, or others sites I visit regularly.

However, I noticed that on Stack Overflow en español, this is not the case. For example on February 27 I noticed (and reported in Meta.SOes) in Publicaciones populares en Meta a specific question was showing:

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...despite the fact that it had been tagged with [estado-completado] by February 25:

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This may have to do with the tag [status-completed] being a synonym of [estado-completado] and hitting a problem similar to the bug Migrated to localized meta site questions have [discussion] tag in English, so this case may be also happening on other international sites. Alternatively, it may simply be checking for a tag with [status-*] which is correct for the English sites but incorrect for the international sites.

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  • Is this still an issue today? There was a change in which any status tag, not merely the completed tag, would prevent the post from being featured in Hot Meta Posts, so are other status tags affected? Nov 21, 2020 at 20:57
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    @SonictheK-DayHedgehog yes, I keep seeing posts with [estado-completado] in the Hot Meta Posts section for SOes. If I remember, I will ping you when I see another one. Nov 23, 2020 at 6:36
  • @SonictheCuriouserHedgehog it happens again. See i.stack.imgur.com/on30y.png It reflects this question appearing in the HMP even though it has the tag "estado-completado" (to which [status-completed] is a synonym). The mod tag was added 12 hours ago, so I doubt it is still there because of caching. Dec 18, 2020 at 10:23

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This has been fixed as reported on es.meta.

When generating the hot meta questions sidebar on non-English sites, we will now fetch the list of synonyms starting with status- and exclude posts with the target tag.

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  • Would fixing the migration synonym bug linked in the last paragraph of the question be easy as well? Jul 26, 2021 at 18:09

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