Some sites on the network have an additional sidebar box for "Upcoming Events", which is separate from both the "Featured on Meta" and "Host Meta Posts" boxes:

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Screenshots taken from Movies & TV and Literature. Despite the name, this also includes events currently in progress.

I think this would be a good thing to use for our Language of the Month event. It would free up one of the three slots, and would allow for more questions to be shown in the "Hot Meta Questions" bar, promoting more meta engagement.

Unfortunately, I can't find any information about how to set up an "Upcoming Events" box. I'd expect that we'd need to get a CM to set this up for us, similar to our info box, which might require more work from them than is justified for this. According to hyper-neutrino, mods are able to do this, so this should be fairly trivial to set up if we do want it


  • \$\begingroup\$ wait, this is a thing? :D i think this would make some sense, though at the same time, the current LOTM makes sense to be featured for the entire month so people know to look into using that language. then again, maybe it makes sense for it to just be an upcoming event for the whole month scheduled for the end of the month \$\endgroup\$
    – hyper-neutrino Mod
    Apr 27, 2021 at 19:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @hyper-neutrino Yeah, this would just be a slight "moving around" of where in the sidebar the post is, so that more meta posts can be shown there as well. The LotM posts would still be up there for the full month (I think events can go for that long, but I'm not sure) \$\endgroup\$ Apr 27, 2021 at 19:04

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LotM is indeed an event with a defined period, and if being an event does free up one slot for featured/hot meta posts, why not :)


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