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How to avoid "Hot Network Questions" on the sidebar

No further need for self control or userscripts! As of 11 March 2019 you can hide the HNQ list from the sidebar globally by visiting your preferences page and choosing "Hide Hot Network Questions", ...
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Calling people "haters" is unwelcoming

Sometimes it's useful not to 'simply' judge a book by its cover - or perhaps a podcast 'simply' by its title. I took a quick look at the transcripts and the topic of discussion is about a tool that ...
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21 votes

Why are the sidebar stats for a question now under the title?

When we first created the responsive layout, we came up with a stop-gap solution for what to do with the right navigation on narrow screens... meaning we just dropped the right nav to the bottom of ...
Catija's user avatar
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Move question info from underneath question title back to sidebar on wider viewports

I believe the new layout is harmful (for those with larger screens) because the previous configuration logically delimited identifiers with a newline, whereas the newer configuration delimits it using ...
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15 votes

How to avoid "Hot Network Questions" on the sidebar

One new chrome extension to rule them all. It also hides other annoying sidebars like chat! Plus point, chrome extension allows for easy toggling. Simply awesome! https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...
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What is "Frequently Asked"?

I'm not sure what it was like in 2010 but currently, it is: Posts tagged featured (source, source). Posts tagged faq sorted by number of links in to that post (not duplicate links, just regular links)...
Jason C's user avatar
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Why is an election mentioned twice in the sidebar?

The first link points to the election event itself. The second link, which is located in the section labeled Featured on Meta, is a meta post about the election with a description of the election ...
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How to avoid "Hot Network Questions" on the sidebar

You can use a user stylesheet on Mozilla browsers (SeaMonkey, Firefox, Camino). It does not require any installed extensions. Open the userContent.css file (create if necessary) in your profile ...
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Integrations with Slack and Microsoft Teams box appear on all sites

Thanks for the heads up. We were diagnosing a production issue earlier and inadvertently switched on a setting that when combined with another setting meant the sidebar appeared in places it shouldn't ...
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11 votes

Move question info from underneath question title back to sidebar on wider viewports

Hopefully the stats get restored to the sidebar, but until that happens (if it does), if you find the new position of the question stats too distracting and want to put them back in the sidebar, you ...
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11 votes

Stop misusing the blog sidebar and restrict it to posts which are actually announcements of network-wide significance

I think the real point ... is simply a re-iteration of what was written in January already: there needs to be a consistent, well thought strategy about tags. Which tags exist, and how exactly are ...
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11 votes
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"How to Format/Tag" uses "►", creating less-accessible "lists"

This has been finished. The old ugly arrows are now gone on both the the tag formatting and mod private message info boxes. plain old bullet points now used more consistently good riddance, dingus!
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11 votes
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When is the "happy anniversary" banner displayed?

I believe that we are trying to do this for all sites that have 10th anniversaries, and can link the posts to meta announcements if the site mods want (the CM team handles that communication). These ...
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Is Stack Overflow for Teams going to be removed from the sidebar on the rest of the network?

Yes, it applies network-wide. Once your team has been migrated to stackoverflowteams.com it will no longer appear in the sidebar anywhere on the network.
animuson's user avatar
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10 votes

Do related linked questions really need to be linked twice?

Make room to show more related questions For many questions, the "Related" items are just a small selection from a much longer list. Showing items in both lists, "Linked" and "Related", means other ...
trichoplax is on Codidact now's user avatar
10 votes

How to avoid "Hot Network Questions" on the sidebar

Blocking the Hot Network Questions is one of the features of Stack Overflow Extras (SOX). After installing, you need to apply some settings. This is the one:
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How did judaism.stackexchange.com get a disclaimer on the sidebar?

Mi Yodeya (Judaism) was an SE 1.0 site that migrated to 2.0 (the current platform). The 1.0 site had that disclaimer, which was initially lost on migrating to 2.0. The notice in the screen shot in ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Why are the sidebar stats for a question now under the title?

Disclaimer: this is by no means an official answer to the question, as I'm not an SE employee, but it does attempt a (necessarily speculative) answer to the question. A similar feature was requested ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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10 votes

Move question info from underneath question title back to sidebar on wider viewports

On desktop, this modification does not help in terms of readability, usability or accessibility. First, it strays from a basic web readability principle: Multiple chunks of information presented ...
Michael Benjamin's user avatar
10 votes
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Community Bulletin box (Blog posts, featured and hot meta questions) is not visible on sidebar

We're still investigating what triggered it, but it's been resolved for the time being. We believe it has to do with some debugging of the Fortinet which resulted in an issue with DNS, and other ...
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10 votes

Calling people "haters" is unwelcoming

Humans categorize in order to more easily address specific things. In this context, 'haters' simply refers to those users who (actively) participate in "online harassment" (quoted from the ...
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10 votes

Calling people "haters" is unwelcoming

Whether or not calling people haters is unwelcoming and a CoC violation... it's meh, it depends mostly on a context that apparently isn't shared by everyone here. I've seen the word "haters" ...
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9 votes

Are chatrooms no longer shown in sidebar on main site, only on meta?

I'm going to try to update this answer later with a more in-depth explanation, but the TL;DR version is that when we enabled display ads (from Google's DFP service) on some network sites, they took ...
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9 votes

Reduce number of questions from the same site in the Hot Network Questions on the right sidebar

Since the per-site limit is now five and the hot list contains 100 questions, the list must contain entries from at least 20 different sites at any point in time. (Probably more, as not every site ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
9 votes

Should linked questions be more visible?

Yes, it should be more visible. My suggestion: add a link to the existing list on top of the question, besides the Asked, Active, and Viewed stats: This isn't intrusive, doesn't clutter the page,...
Shadow Wizard Love Zelda's user avatar
9 votes
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Hot Network Question is macabre. What are the standards for Hot Network Questions?

You can report them by flagging the question for ♦ moderator attention. Since a year, they have the ability to remove questions from the Hot Network Questions list: Moderators have the ability to ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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8 votes

Need a special link in the sidebar

There are a few ways you can approach this. Mi Yodeya, Law, and Health all have "professional disclaimer" notices, which are placed on the right above the community bulletin. You can see Mi Yodeya's ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
7 votes

Collapse right sidebar

The standard "break" here is aimed at keeping the sidebar(s) visible as long as possible without making the content unusable. That works pretty well for most standard screen sizes, but if ...
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