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I am just curious if anyone knows really, what are the criteria for the "Hot meta posts" in the side bar.

I guess it is automatic but what is it based on? Views? Votes? Activity?

I noticed downvoted questions never get on there, even if they are very active.

So, what makes a Hot Meta Post?

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    Now this question is displaying in "Hot Meta Posts" :) – Shashanth Jan 12 '17 at 5:46
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From How are the contents of the Community Bulletin determined?

  • If there are still under 4 items, the rest of the space is filled with hot questions not marked , scoring at least 3 and posted within the past two weeks. These are picked semi-randomly. At least one of these will always be added to the list, even if it pushes the length over 4. (Note that the timing and tags can be adjusted per-site to suit the needs of each community)

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