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.
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.