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I've put off using Stack Overflow for quite some time. When I have a question or problem, I often start my search with Google, which then takes me to Stack Overflow.

I do not have a lot of time, but I am considering to designate a certain amount of time out of my day to answer questions. However, I find that the home page for Stack Overflow overwhelms me. It contains a lot of questions which are not relevant to my skill set.

Can I add a specific tag as my favorite? Can the home page (or the Questions) display? Is there a page that lists all my favorite tags? From this page, when I click on a tag, I want it to display only questions (not just my questions) with this tag. Can I customize my preferences so that the logo URL points to the page that lists my favorite tags?

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Related (though not terribly well answered): Is there documentation on how to use Stack Overflow – blahdiblah Oct 4 '12 at 18:39
You can, if you log in. See the faq for favorite tags. – ughoavgfhw Oct 4 '12 at 18:44
As this is your first MSO post you should be aware that votes are different on meta. "Voting is often used to express agreement or disagreement, not to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness". – ben is uǝq backwards Oct 4 '12 at 18:46

To add a tag as a 'favourite' or 'ignored', just enter it in the text box as shown in this helpful screenshot:


You can view your current preferences under the appropriate header (if there are any).

Favourite Tags

Basically when you mark a tag as a 'favourite', any questions tagged with it are highlighted in orange (like the 1st, 3rd and 4th questions.

They're helpful to find questions within your area of expertise quickly. (I think I may have gone overboard with so many, though...)

Ignored Tags

When you add a tag as 'ignored', and questions tagged with it will appear faded and be less prominent in your questions list. There's also an option to hide them completely.

Use this for stuff you hate or don't want see in your question stream (as you can see, I haven't added any right now). Here's a screenshot (the 4th question is ignored):



Here's the official FAQ question and the blog post.

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