In the Community ad section on the homepage there is a section for Community ads, hot questions and a few SE ads:

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However I noticed that pretty much all I see are hot questions. While I am interested in the hot questions, I'd prefer it if they weren't shown as much (after all, a list of them is displayed right below the ad). I went a whole 12 reloads without seeing a community ad. The second time I tested I went 30 reloads without seeing a community ad and eventually gave up.

Is this really the way it is supposed to be?

  • Sorry for the confusion - when you said "hot questions" I was looking at the area below the "graphical representation", which has the title "hot questions".
    – guntbert
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 20:32
  • @guntbert Right, which is why I have a problem with the hot questions showing as an ad. If I want to see a hot question, I'll look in the list ;P
    – Seth
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 20:32
  • I heartily agree - for me it is not really an issue - I seldom look at the right side anyway - thats where most websites place their ads and my eyes/brain combination seems to avoid them - if not somebody (I believe it was you) had told me where to look for "related questions" I wouldn't have seen them till now :-))
    – guntbert
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 20:37
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    Heh, you picked the wrong example ad, that's a very good ad to show today. :) Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 21:49

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I see a mix of various ads - hot questions, Area 51 proposals, community ads, etc. within about 10 reloads. (I forgot to count, but it just took me a few seconds to go through this.)

  • I just tried reloading and changing pages, to get 10 ads, and at least 7 were hot questions off other sites, 1 Area 51 proposal, and 2 community ads...
    – Wilf
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 19:46
  • Well it certainly seems to be better now, but I'm still seeing way more hot questions than I'd like, but I guess now it is just personal preference. Maybe something changed recently.
    – Seth
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 21:01

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