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I just want to know how a tag gets listed in favorites even when I don't do anything to make a tag to be my favorite?

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Do you mean it's actually shown in the favorites list, or just that it starts getting highlighted? It might be related to this – Michael Mrozek Jul 27 '11 at 13:46
Which site? One of the Q&A sites, or Careers? – Bill the Lizard Jul 27 '11 at 13:51
What tags on what site exactly? If you remove them, do they come back? – Shadow Wizard Jul 27 '11 at 13:55
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If you haven't added any favorite tags, the system infers some implicit favorite tags for you based on your activity.

See these questions for some details:

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Yes, I saw this in – Marcelo Jul 27 '11 at 23:10
Should Work out a users Interested tags for them automatically be marked status-completed? – Dori Jul 27 '11 at 23:12
Most annoying feature ever, but true. As far as marking that request [status-completed], as-implemented I'm not sure if it's quite the same thing, but it's probably close enough that it would normally have been marked as such. – Tim Stone Jul 27 '11 at 23:26

The tags that appear in your "Favorite Tags" list are added by you. It could be you added a tag in that list by mistake.

If you hover the mouse over a tag listed under a question, you will see a pop-up; if then you click on the star shown at the beginning, that tag is added to your favorite tags.




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The last screenshot shows how I see the tags in the "Favorite Tags" list with Safari 5.1; the image has not been modified in any way. – kiamlaluno Jul 27 '11 at 17:20

It isn't added to your favourite list automatically, you have to put it manually.

If you have some favourite tags you did not add, it's probably bug.

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I believe that I have not added anything upto my knowledge. That's why I got this doubt – Andro Selva Jul 27 '11 at 13:49

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