I regularly reference StackOverflow at work. I stay logged in to StackExchange so that I can hide Hot Network Questions using the "Hide Hot Network Questions" profile option, which is a feature I value.

Today I noticed a side bar item that I have not seen in a long time: an individual question highlighted from a different community.

Featured question from a community other than StackOverflow in the sidebar

I think all the reasons why someone would want to avoid seeing the Hot Network Question sidebar apply to these featured questions. Please do not show these featured questions if a user has selected the "Hide Hot Network Questions" profile option.

  • @Adam just curious, does the algorithm showing those questions on side bar taking them from the pool of Hot Network Questions, or does it have its own calculation? Thanks. :) – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Mar 3 at 8:25
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    This is a legitimate request that makes a lot of sense. Still, I can't help, but wonder: why don't you use AdBlock? Proper ad-blocking software will solve your problem and you won't even have to stay logged in. – default locale Mar 3 at 9:37
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    @ShadowWizardisEarForYou It's similar but slightly different. Same selection criteria as the regular HNQ list, but only pulling from the list of public betas and cached separately. – Adam Lear Mar 3 at 21:58

You can disable this by using an ad-blocker. I personally use uBlock Origin, but there are others that you can use.

Additionally, if you earn the "Reduced Ads" privilege, you can disable these in your Preferences page. The option is right under the "Hide Hot Network Questions" option.

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    Coincidentally I just now got the Reduced Ads privilege, so that works for me, but I would still like to see an official solution that does not require 200 rep or an ad-blocker. – Daniel O Mar 5 at 14:11

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