Recently, I started seeing over half of the questions on the site highlighted in blue. Later, I noticed that appeared under my "Frequented Tags". Frequented Tags is a feature of the site where it decides what questions are interesting to you based on your viewing habits. Apparently, I'm interested in code golf!

As a workaround, I added to my favorite tags.

My feature request is for an exception to be made for and maybe . In general, tags that apply to over (perhaps) 1/3 of all questions on the site should be excluded from "Frequented Tags". Otherwise, the highlighting becomes nothing but noise.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm considering migrating this to the mother meta, as I don't think any such feature exists yet. Or we could give it a while here; several of the team do seem to visit. Do you have a preference in the matter? \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 5, 2011 at 2:17

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This logic simply looks at the tags you frequent. You're asking for a tag to exist, but not exist. The tag is either on the site, or it gets removed/blocked. Can't have it both ways. If the tag is valid on questions, it should be valid as a favorite tag. Additionally, there are people that follow this tag voluntarily, so we can't just say " is not allowed to be a favorite tag".

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not saying code-golf should not be allowed to be a favorite tag. I'm saying it should not automatically become a "Frequented Tag". \$\endgroup\$
    – Joey Adams
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 2:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JoeyAdams, still seems like an arbitrary rule "sometimes tags are really tags, but sometimes we should ignore tags". \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 5, 2011 at 2:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sometimes, arbitrary rules are needed to deal with problems that occur in practice. To quote scripture: codinghorror.com/blog/2009/02/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Joey Adams
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 3:02

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