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Of and relating to the "side bar", or the bar that runs down the right side of the page on Stack Exchange sites.

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How to avoid “Hot Network Questions” on the sidebar

This may sound like a 'first world problem', but I am quite easily distracted by the 'Hot Network Questions' sidebar, as I find them quite amusing and some of them quite intellectual But where the ...
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We're standardizing the sidebar width at 300px on all sites

Update: this change is now live across the network. You'll still see some narrow 220px ads because it's going to take us a good while to update all of the old ads, but if you see any other style ...
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Don't let questions stick to the top of the hot questions list forever [duplicate]

I've noticed that some very highly upvoted questions stay in the list of hot questions (also displayed in the Stack Exchange menu on the top left) for a very long time, often for several days. One ...
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Why are the sidebar stats for a question now under the title?

Very recently, past few minutes or so?, a new build was pushed out that changed the location of a question's stats from the top of the sidebar content to underneath the title. I can't exactly put my ...
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Related questions with over 99 score display incorrectly

The score for the 4 questions are 111, 1218, 261 and 5 respectively, but they display 2 digits per line. This is an obvious bug in design.
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Increase the Hot Network Questions randomness (proposal for testing)

Related: Ease up on the Hot Network Question Randomness. This is a recent change which resulted in a 30% increase in engagement. All of this engagement came from repeated clicks... we do have ...
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Right-hand sidebar covers the footer on the “ask question” page and markdown help page

I have noticed that while asking questions and scrolling to the bottom of the page, the right sidebar containing recent questions covers the footer partially. Also, a part of it goes beyond the ...
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Move question info from underneath question title back to sidebar on wider viewports

Recently, the system was changed to show question statistics (asked, views, last active) underneath the question title, rather than on the sidebar as before. This appears to be in response to this ...
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Movies & TV hot network question ads have poor colouring. Please improve it?

A hot network question just showed up on RPG.SE for Movies & TV, which is fine, but its colouring is nuts: Could M&TV have their ad adjusted slightly so that it doesn't do uncomfortable ...
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Add teams to sidebar on any site or to the site switcher

Teams only show up on Stack Overflow. We will only see the new activity indicators if we first visit Stack Overflow, or make a habit of visiting the team itself. However, some users of teams do not ...
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“Similar questions” overlaps footer and has no background [closed]

When I can scroll down far enough to have the hot network questions overlap the footer (because my question is short) there is no background under the text: Could they either be given a white ...
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Let's make the hot network questions icons clickable

I would like to see the icons in the 'Hot Network Questions' right panel clickable, leading to the homepage of the site where the question comes from. It would make it more comfortable to switch to ...
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FAQ sidebar for per site metas

Meta Stack Exchange has a nice side bar over when you are on the main page (the one you hit when you go to the 'meta' link, not the 'questions' tab). It's great. You can see there is a 'faq' ...
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Where do high view counts come from?

On a couple of the Stack Exchange network sites in which I regularly participate, there will frequently be a new question (less than an hour old) with views reaching 1k, 2k, or even more. Normally ...
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Please don't stretch the old community ads!

So the sidebar got stretched by about 30%. No problem. This entails a change to the network-provided ads (not visible above certain rep thresholds) and to the community ads. No problem. Some old ads ...
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Make hot questions with multiple answers age away faster on smaller / subjective-ish sites [duplicate]

Due to extended exposure to wide SE network, hot questions tend to attract certain amount of low quality answers 1 2 3. These answers would better be (and eventually are) removed, but on smaller / ...
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Minor concerns about the new question side-bar content

I'm posting a question on Seasoned Advice and saw this: This seems off for a couple reasons: One, it seems odd to have code formatting instructions on the side bar of a cooking site. Even if it was ...
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hot network questions have inconsistent CSS for visited/not visited depending on the site you're on

This is a HNQ excerpt from Stack Overflow. Visited questions are objectively darker. This is a HNQ excerpt from Super User. Visited questions are objectively lighter. This is a HNQ excerpt from ...
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How did judaism.stackexchange.com get a disclaimer on the sidebar?

When I go to judaism.stackexchange.com I see the following on the right side nav: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbinic) ...
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Show Area51 ads in the sidebar

We have seen several different types of ads in the sidebar of the sites. We also have Area 51 ads: (source: stackexchange.com) These ads are not shown in the sidebars. What would you say of ...
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Hot Network Questions doesn't make clear enough that it's not a representative sample of a site's questions

I love Hot Network Questions. I really do. But I've got a little gripe, that's been itching at the back of my head for a while. Hot Network Questions is great at exposing a new site, and introducing ...
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Websockets break caching

Since some time, the SE network has "Hot Network Questions" in a sidebar. Interesting as they are, I click on one of them. It occurs quite frequently that I see another interesting question after ...
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Show the Chat box in the sidebar for Public Beta sites

There's usually a sidebar link to the chat of all SE 2.0 sites on the main/meta pages. However, this link doesn't show up in the sidebar for public beta sites: You can see this on Cognitive ...
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What is “Frequently Asked”?

Ding! Hello, new feature! I just noticed a new "Frequently Asked" section on the main page. I'm guessing it's a test of a new feature, like the recent Linked Questions. Seems cool so far. But ...
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How to edit / how to format box overlapping with footer when scrolling down

I just edited an answer on Unix&Linux and when scrolling down, the semi-transparent right sidebar boxes "How to edit" and "How to format" kept their fixed positioning and overlapped with the page ...
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es.SO questions aren't excluded from the Hot Questions list

As figured out in this post localized SE sites must not be displayed in the HNQ's. But es.SO actually is. Has to be fixed I guess?
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Can we have read only access to the HNQ word blacklist?

As explained in Profanity in hot questions list there is a blacklist of words that will prevent a question from appearing in the Hot Network Questions sidebar on other Stack Exchange sites. Can we ...
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How are the chatrooms shown in the sidebar selected?

The side bar on the right usually displays some interesting stuff. For example community bulletin, hot network questions, recent badges etc. On some pages some chat rooms are shown in the side bar. ...
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Floating sidebar can get too long and obscure footer [duplicate]

Sometimes, when you create a question which returns a lot of similar questions, it makes the height of the floating "Similiar Questions" box too big to fit on the page. As a result, it blocks some of ...
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Helpful sidebar content is down below

Currently, when the window becomes too narrow, the whole right sidebar is just appended below the whole main column. That is bad for two reasons. Parts that are immediately related to the top and/...
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Job posting locations are now (sometimes) in Chinese?

I noticed today that the "Jobs near you" sidebar now features locations written in Chinese. Although I do read the language, I don't believe I've ever used an OS or browser with a Chinese language ...
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Reduce number of questions from the same site in the Hot Network Questions on the right sidebar

Sometimes multiple questions from one site could be chosen to show on the HNQ list. This looks rather ugly, especially when this list is truncated to 5 or less questions - it feels as if the system ...
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Link to parent site on the sidebar for per-site-metas

In my opinion, the sidebar in the new theme is helpful but underused. The sidebar could be helpful, but it has too few useful links, which makes it a waste of space. One possible use of all of this ...
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'x people chatting' tooltip in sidebar doesn't make sense!

Hovering over the 'x people chatting' link in the sidebar shows: 11 users active in 3 rooms the last 60 minutes It should probably be: 11 users active in 3 rooms in the last 60 minutes
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Proposal for displaying days in beta stat in site stats

Could we also see days in beta in the Site Stats sidebar for every beta site? Please some StackExchange people respond in some way for this request.
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Are chatrooms no longer shown in sidebar on main site, only on meta?

If you've been using SE network for some time, you have surely seen some chat rooms displayed in the sidebar on the right, something like this: I will add that I consider something like this useful. ...
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“There are currently N bounties, worth X reputation” dynamic ad and the new sidebar width

You've probably seen this sidebar ad on one or more community-ads-enabled Stack Exchange sites over the years: The image is dynamically generated from a non-officially SE app that uses the Stack ...
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Small overlapping text on Related questions in MSE

Just noticed a minor css issue on this question: Math Stackexchange said "We are Offline" until I reset my router - Why? The related questions on the right hand side have some overlapping ...
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Link the title of the linked questions sidebar to the list of linked questions

One of the (semi-)hidden features of SE is that you can view the linked questions for any post by visiting the URL http://[site]/questions/linked/[id] (where [site] is the site host name, and [id] is ...
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Do related linked questions really need to be linked twice?

If a related question is also linked in the OP, need it really be linked twice in the sidebar under both "Linked" and "Related"? I would have thought just displaying under 'linked' would suffice, as ...
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Featured on Meta widget missing :visited style

Pretty self-explanatory. Basically all links on stack exchange use #07C as the default colour, and #005999 for the :visited, :active, and :hover states (or whatever the colours happen to be for a ...
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Alignment issue in the “Similar Questions” side bar

"Similar Questions" section in the right hand side bar is not aligned properly, the padding is missing. Since the "How to Ask", "How to Tag" and "How to Format" sections are having proper placeholder ...
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Long comments can break layout [duplicate]

A sufficiently long comment without spaces can break the page's layout:
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Eeeek! Hot Network Questions killed recent tags and recent badges

I was really used to see the "recent tags" and "recent badges" on the homepage of each site. Now both are no more, replaced by the hottest 12 questions of the network - same list on all sites. Yes ...
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Visit chat section

On some questions (e.g. here) I see the "Visit chat" section which refers to the current community chat page: Other questions don't have such a section. Moreover on several questions (e.g. here) ...
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Old featured meta question intermittently appearing in “Featured on Meta” box

For some reason, a Meta question on IPS has recently erroneously appeared in the sidebar "Featured on Meta" box. Not only is this question not currently featured, it's locked. The featured tag was ...
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Weight Hot Network Questions sidebar by viewer

I see that a lot of the Hot Network Questions in the sidebar aren't in areas that I'm even remotely interested in. How about we show Hot Network Questions differently to each viewer based on the ...
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Featured MSE posts are not listed in the sidebar of child Meta sites [duplicate]

Stack Overflow currently shows two featured posts in the sidebar under Featured on Meta: MSE: A proposed philosophy of question migration MSO: Documentation Update, September 29th Meta Stack ...
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When does Area 51 proposal start to be advertised on the right-hand panel?

Area51 proposals are being advertised now all over the network? doesn't seem to answer this question. For instance, I recollect that I first saw 'Economics Q&A', under which the Commitment rate ...
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Open Hot Network Questions in a read-only mode

The HNQ is a hot-button issue but I think it's safe to say that the way the HNQ visitors interact with a site can often be problematic. This question on preventing "drive-by upvotes" from non-regular ...