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Clicking on tags with wildcards gives you a blank page

I use tags like "c#*" in the Interesting Tags boxes to highlight c# based questions - so I don't have to individually tag for c#2.0, c#3.0, c#.net etc, and have similarly used "*vba*" to hide questions related to VBA ( so I can catch tags like excel-vba ).

However, clicking on such tags takes me to a blank page.

Is this a bug, or is the ability to use * to filter tags on the main page "an accidental feature"? Either way, is this something that can be implemented?

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marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Aug 2 '09 at 15:57

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"" isn't a regexp. "." is a regexp. – Paul Tomblin Aug 2 '09 at 12:29
True. Edited to remove regexp from title. – nagul Aug 2 '09 at 13:11

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It only works if there is at least 4 characters in the string.

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Do you mean "~perl~" will work same as "perl" when entered in Interesting Tags box, plus it will work when I click on it ? – nagul Aug 2 '09 at 13:28
"~perl~" works in the url, but I don't think it will work in the Interesting tags box. There is another question that references this, that I have been trying to find. – Brad Gilbert Aug 2 '09 at 13:52
Thanks for the links, a quick search didn't turn up these links before I posted this question. I'd thought something like this would have been discussed before .. and I was right. :) – nagul Aug 2 '09 at 14:26

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