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Operating system is Ubuntu 14. Firefox is 50.1.0

This is what I have tried:

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I restarted firefox after that. There was no effect.

What is the way to block those hot questions on the sidebar?

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    The filter looks okay. It also takes effect immediately, no need to restart Firefox. Are you sure ABP is enabled on Stack Overflow? – Daniel B Dec 19 '16 at 7:35
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    Both blocking the sidebar and filtering individual sites have been discussed and solved on meta before. – Lilienthal Dec 19 '16 at 10:54
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    Just out of curiosity, why block that specific sidebar? – bug-a-lot Dec 21 '16 at 14:26
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    @bug-a-lot: it's a timesink worse than TV Tropes for many people. – RemcoGerlich Mar 20 '17 at 8:42
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That's one of 50 or 60 enhancements to the SE user interface in the Stack Apps add-on SOX. You can load it from that link. You will also need a userscript manager installed for it to work -- Greasemonkey (for Firefox), Tampermonkey (for Chrome), or NinjaKit (for Safari).

To block Hot Network Questions, select the "Hide the Hot Network Questions module" option in the Appearance section of the features menu. The features menu will be accessible from a button added to the topbar:

newdialog

BTW, another feature allows you to filter what is shown in the HNQ list by site and other attributes. The full list of features can be found here. Many of the enhancements are indispensible.

I would recommend installing the Development Version rather than the Official Version. The Development Version includes new enhancements but more important, it includes the latest bug fixes (and rarely introduces new bugs). SOX is used on a wide variety of platforms, browsers, and configurations, so that's an easy way to avoid a potential problem someone else discovered and has already been fixed.

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I wrote a Chrome extension to hide/filter the Hot Network Questions list last year. As well as hiding it allows you to filter the links with a site or keyword whitelist or blacklist, because I found that though certain sites were usually distracting, others were often useful.

You can install it from the Chrome Web Store or check out the code on GitHub. (Originally shared on MSE).

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Using uBlock Origin on Windows 7 with FireFox 50.1.0 I was able to achieve your desired result with this:

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FWIW: I prefer uBlock Origin 10-fold over ABP.

ABP is a sell-out but they do allow you to disable their acceptable ads.

uBlock feels faster and it is WAY easier to just temporarily unblock a site and re-block it.

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    re: "ABP is a sell-out": it can be opted out of in settings. – Amani Kilumanga Dec 20 '16 at 2:34
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    @AmaniKilumanga The fact that it is the default means their goals no longer align with most of their users' goals = they lose to uBlock – Menasheh Dec 22 '16 at 1:48
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    @Menasheh I agree that it is a poor choice, and I'm sure a lot of users just don't realize it's happening, but I think it's worth mentioning (something the linked article seems to miss completely). – Amani Kilumanga Dec 22 '16 at 1:53
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    @AmaniKilumanga I will gladly amend my answer. Please provide the official ABP URL which tells you how to opt out of their new "feature". – MonkeyZeus Dec 22 '16 at 2:18
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    @MonkeyZeus adblockplus.org/en/acceptable-ads#optout – Amani Kilumanga Dec 22 '16 at 2:19
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I'm using Chrome on Windows and it worked like a charm.

Maybe try targeting the same elements as mine.

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Here's a different approach. Rather than block Hot Network Questions from appearing, I block the ability to get to the destinations of the links.

I found I was wasting a lot of time following up the interesting Hot Network Questions so I installed LeechbBock and set it to only allow *.stackexchange.com for so many minutes each hour. That way I can read the interesting ones but not spend too long doing it.

Leechblock is really handy for gently nudging you not to spend too much time on sites you choose to block.

(Ironically I answered this question because I saw it on Hot Network Questions.)

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    If you set it to block *.stackexchange.com then although you can see the HNQ you can't get to any of them as they are (mostly) residing on *.stackexchange.com. – Matthew Lock Dec 21 '16 at 8:29
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You can use the Stylus browser addon (or similar) and add the following CSS to all SE sites:

#hot-network-questions {
  display: none;
}

Example from a full version for Stylus here:

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

/* From https://gist.github.com/akerbos/152d7891d2b8b34edf3a */

@-moz-document domain('stackoverflow.com'),
domain('stackexchange.com'),
domain('superuser.com'),
domain('serverfault.com'),
domain('stackapps.com'),
domain('askubuntu.com'),
domain('mathoverflow.com'),
domain('answers.onstartups.com'),
domain('mathoverflow.net') {
  #hot-network-questions {
    display : none;
  }
}

Use "Mozilla Format > Import".

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