This Is it even possible to reword my question to be relevant? has a link to the deleted question.

Why is it on Hot Meta Posts?

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Why is it on Hot Meta posts?

The question is a discussion question not marked status-completed, scoring at least 3 and posted within the past two weeks.

The algorithm for deciding Hot Meta Posts is as follows:

  • If there is a community moderator election, a link to it appears in the bulletin.

  • Events can be created with a start date and time, an end date and time, a simple title, and a link to something somewhere on the network. Current or upcoming events are listed, with those starting or ending nearest to the current time shown first.

  • If there are fewer than 4 events, blog posts from the Stack Exchange blog are added to the list. A maximum of two posts will be shown, and only those posted in the past n days, where n is currently 10 on International versions of Stack Overflow, and 5 everywhere else. International sites have their own feeds on the company blog and do not list posts from the main English feed.

  • If there are still fewer than 4 items listed, then featured meta posts are shown.

  • If there are still under 4 items, the rest of the space is filled with hot discussion questions not marked status-completed, scoring at least 3 and posted within the past two weeks. These are picked semi-randomly. (Note that the timing, score and tags can be adjusted per-site to suit the needs of each community)

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Source What criteria is used to select the links that appear in the community bulletin (events / featured / hot meta posts / blog) sidebar block?, answer by Shog9

  • Couldn't the criteria be changed to include "Are all the links valid"? Mar 16, 2019 at 14:46
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    @MarkFitzgerald The link to your question in the Hot Meta Posts is valid. I don't think that there is any intention to ensure that links contained in the question are valid. That would be too much work. In any case the link to the deleted question is still valid for 10K+ rep users.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Mar 16, 2019 at 14:50

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