My favorite tags are all SQL Server-related (sql-server, sql-server-2000, sql-server-2005, and so on). The "interesting" page, which is what shows up on SO when you click on the logo (which is also the only way to get your favorite tags to appear ABOVE the randomly-sized ads on the right margin), shows all kinds of junk and I'm just not sure where it's getting the list of "interesting" questions from.
The tooltip for the tab says "questions that may be of interest to you based on your history and tag preferences." While I don't recall ever visiting - never mind answering - a question about ruby on rails, right there at the top is a question tagged ruby, ruby-on-rails and ruby-on-rails-3. What history or tag preferences, pray tell, drove this question to the list? The next one is tagged c++, sockets, tor, onion-architecture. I can spell C++, and I have a vague concept of what sockets are, but I've never heard of the other two. Next down is aptana and then ffmpeg and then flex. The only one I can even remotely start to explain is one tagged sqlite - but I have never used sqlite and, as far as I can tell, have never visited or answered a question about that technology either (and I have to believe this is just a coincidence).
The interesting page would be a lot more useful to me if it actually contained questions that revolve around my areas of expertise (as SHOULD be indicated by my history and tag preferences).
Is it essentially the case that I need to mark every other tag as ignored to whittle this list down so that I'm not offered "interesting" questions about iphone development, jquery and flex that I'm simply never going to visit or provide any useful input whatsoever? It's almost as if the "interesting" questions are filtering out my favorite tags on purpose.