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How is the community doing? is currently (as of 13 hours ago), but not showing up in the Featured on meta section of the community sidebar:

"Featured on meta: 2017 moderator election Q&A"

It is however showing up in the hot meta posts.

Could this be because "hot meta posts" overrides "featured"? I feel like that shouldn't happen.

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This seems to be fixed:

a screenshot of the front page's meta box, in which both "How is the community doing?" and "2017 Moderator Election Q&A" are in the "Featured on Meta" section and only "I just earned the Generalist badge..." is in the "Hot Meta Posts" section.

Since the tag was added to the question more than six hours after the post was created, I speculate that the front page just took a while to notice the change and update itself accordingly.

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Your hypothesis seems to be correct — duplicates are prevented in the Community Bulletin space, and the exact precedence is deliberate but not clearly explained.

Probably, yes, it's just that being Hot overrides being Featured. I personally would do it the other way around, but maybe SE feels that Hotness is more significant than Featuredness.

I do feel like this might instead be a precedence-order bug though, so I'll leave it to a staffer to weigh in with the correct [status-*] tag response and/or an answer.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It definitely seems like a precedent-order bug, since "featured" feels to me like it ought to be considered more important and relevant than "hot". \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Apr 11 '17 at 19:33

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