If you’re like me, you’ve found a great deal of value in the information on the various Stack Exchange web sites (Stack Overflow, Super User, Server Fault, etc.). However, recently, in an effort apparently to improve traffic to questions on other sites, they’ve added a section to the sidebar with links to completely unrelated questions in other Stack Exchange sites (the so-called “Hot Network Questions”).
The catch is, when I am on these sites, I usually don’t want an unrelated rabbit hole to go down. Turns out it’s simple to disable that, you just need a “user style” – kind of like a user script (Greasemonkey, etc.) I have made one and posted it here: http://userstyles.org/styles/98190/hide-stack-exchange-hot-network-questions It’s minimal, but “does what it says on the tin”. Enjoy!