I understand the Featured tab is purposefully being hidden when there are 0 matches to a selected Tag, but in the case of "You are on the Featured tab", this no longer makes sense and is especially confusing to new users. Choose and implement one of the following:
- Show a selected (
class="youarehere") Featured tab when on a page that results in "You are on the Featured tab", hide it when user navigates away
- Link the "select a different tab" prompt to a suitable default, such as "newest"
- Instead of this page, redirect the user to something immediately useful (like an alternate view of "unanswered" with the addition of "There are no questions with an active bounty at the moment, but here are some unanswered ones" - preserve the Featured sticky for later, if you think we care)
Why the current behavior is confusing:
- There is no other instance of the word "Featured" on the page ("Featured tab? where?")
- Styling of "Perhaps you'd like to select a different tab?" (
class="hot") causes it to be visually associated with the Main Nav bar (and if user re-clicks Questions "tab", their Tag selection is abandoned)
- Capitalization of "Featured" reinforces false relationship to Main Nav (actual tabs are all lowercase)
If the only thing holding options 2 or 3 back is the lack of a consensus default/redirect location, why not re-purpose the same mechanism that delivered me here (the cookie that remembered I "wanted" the Featured tab) to track which tab I click next, and send me there next time I arrive at this message? Short of that, Option 1 should be fairly simple to implement.