I've seen issue after issue here on Meta where the behavior of the sticky tabs is unintuitive and confusing, but the one I recently solved takes the cake. Steps to reproduce:
- Visit the featured tab on a tag. This will now cause the featured tab to "stick" and be the tab presented when visiting a tag page.
- Wait minutes, hours, days - long enough to forget that you were looking at featured questions earlier.
- Perform a search where the search term is a popular tag. The system sees that this is a tag, and you are redirected to the tag page.
- Stare incredulously at the screen as the system declares "0 questions tagged grails"
Though this could be considered a kink in the new search system, I think that it's symptomatic of the confusing "sticky tabs" that the tags pages have.
I propose the sticky tabs are eliminated and replaced with the &sort= URL parameter. If this parameter is not present, the view should default to a predictable tab, regardless of the tab the user was viewing the last time (I recommend "active").