We want to give featured posts maximum traction here. I sometimes miss them and at times see them later on when a lot of time has passed. Sometimes it’s because of time-zones. Ideally featured post author should make it sticky but sometimes they forget and other times they don’t know how to do that. [ It’s fairly simple here: use the right top bubbles and make your featured post sticky.] If you schedule your post you need to make it sticky by using back-end features which are available in left and right sidebars in the new and classical post editors respectively.
As soon as any of you see a featured post which is not sticky, please tag me or Rashmi so that we immediately make it so. 🙂