We used to have the ability to filter Stack Exchange wide stories. I was sad to see the ability go away. I'll admit it isn't the end of the world. I do like seeing questions on occasion that I would normally filter out.
The problem I have, though, is I have no desire to learn German. There is nothing wrong with the language per-se, it is just not something I'm interested in investing my time in.
Now, I'm explicitly forced to look at the most popular stories and am unable to remove question(s), in a language I can't even read and have no desire to learn. What's going to happen when French, Italian, Spanish, etc. sites start poping up?
Add the German site (and potential derivatives) to already undesirable "Hot" questions and all of a sudden I have to visually filter out more and more questions. It makes "Hot" questions useless for me (I know I'm not alone on this).
Hot Questions are only useful if "Hot" questions aren't drowned out by "crap" (One man's treasure is another man's trash).
Why can't we have the option to filter out sites? I know the desire is to expose us, but what if we don't want exposure to German, Apple and Photography? There needs to be the option to get rid of "crap" I'm not interested in.
How about the ability to create a "Filter" with "Hot Questions" on "These sites"? Right now "Filters" only works on tags. Why not "hotness", "Featured", "unanswered", etc.?
How about the ability to replace "Hot Questions" with a filter of my choosing (especially useful if paired with above suggestion)? Or put a filter between "Hot Questions" and "All-Sites"? Or a dropdown for my name with a selected filter?
How about the ability to remove sites from "Hot Questions" again? If not from the drop down list, from a landing page like before.
Please give us SOME ability to make "Hot Questions" useful again. Because right now, it's borderline useless due to increasing amounts of noise.