Inspired by How long does the SE team feature meta posts?

questions are automatically un- after 30 days, but most of the times staff decides to unfeature questions manually, because more important questions need to be featured and/or they've had enough time in the spotlights. But how long are they featured exactly?


This can be audited with the Stack Exchange Data Explorer. I've written a query which looks at the post history to determine when a question was and when the tag was removed. On Meta Stack Exchange, the duration is 15 days on average.

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With the site switcher just above the results you can check other Meta sites like Meta Stack Overflow. Do note that SEDE is refreshed only once a week, on Sunday morning, so a question might be unfeatured already without SEDE knowing about this.

  • It's 8.85 days on MetaSO but on Stack Overflow main the query triggers a bug claiming nearly 320 days. – Rob May 31 at 1:06
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    Some posts have been featured more than once, this one even 7 times. I have modified your query to include that. Not a big difference, but just enough to make the average over 16 days. – BrakNicku May 31 at 5:37

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