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It happens to me rather often that I look at a question such as "How to do whatever with Collections" and while that's what I'm looking for in Java, it's useless if the question refers to, for instance, C#.

So, this is purely a UI thing: how about putting the tags right under the question title, rather than arbitrarily far under the question text itself?

EDIT: here's what I mean

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Hmm I wouldn't vote for a UI redesign for just that.. I think tag's are in correct place, and if someone read the question fully, no way he would miss the tag.. –  Krishnabhadra Jan 16 '13 at 10:13
    
@Krishnabhadra But that's the thing, once you've read the question fully, you understand that it wasn't related to the topic you wanted. Tags are precisely meant to let you quickly discriminate interesting from unrelated content –  Miquel Jan 16 '13 at 10:23
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@Miquel - I don't open the question without reading tags. If have opened, first I read the title then tags and then the body of the question. –  hims056 Jan 16 '13 at 10:35
    
@hims056 true for the front page, but not so for example, when you look at the related questions on the side bar in this very same page –  Miquel Jan 16 '13 at 10:59
    
@Miquel - Read the second sentence. Just open the question and read tags before the body. :) –  hims056 Jan 16 '13 at 11:03
    
@hims056 :) User Experience is not your thing uh? :D –  Miquel Jan 16 '13 at 11:45
    
I had the same suggestion in mind as OP, but found this question. The only answer claims that tags are displayed on the right-hand margin, but I see none -- perhaps they were taken away in the past 2 years? (I thought first this might be due to AdBlock, but I disabled it and reloaded questions on two different StackOverflow sites; still no tags displayed on the right.) I support the idea of moving the tags directly under the title. –  Teemu Leisti Feb 3 at 15:43
    
Martijn Pieters just informed me, in reply to my comment under the only answer, that tags on the right-hand side were indeed removed recently, making Miquel's suggestion even more relevant. Any chance this could be reconsidered by whoever decides these things? –  Teemu Leisti Feb 3 at 15:46
    
@TeemuLeisti: this is a per-site design issue, I'd say. See Feedback Requested: Stack Overflow design update for the recent design update, where feedback is being requested. –  Martijn Pieters Feb 3 at 15:56
    
@MartijnPieters: on the contrary, the placement of tags in questions is common to all StackOverflow sites, based on a random sample of a few. It doesn't matter for short questions, but the tags are hidden when a longer one is opened. Also, posters often seem to consider the tags as a part of the introduction to the question, so won't repeat the problem area in the question itself. Granted, this is not a huge problem, but still, Miquel's suggestion would make for an improvement in usability. –  Teemu Leisti Feb 3 at 16:07
    
@TeemuLeisti: I was assuming that the tags were dropped with the new design for SO, but a troll through the Internet Archive shows the feature was dropped independently some time in the first quarter of 2014, or December 2013 at the earliest. –  Martijn Pieters Feb 3 at 17:45

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The tags are not only listed at the end of the question, but also on the right-hand side:

tags

Those are visible even for long questions; I think that's enough places to look for the tags.

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Oh. You're absolutely right. And yet I had never even noticed that :S Oh, the misteries of UI design. Or am I the only one that's half blind? ;) –  Miquel Jan 16 '13 at 10:17
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@Miquel It happens to most of us: Is a website sidebar a user blind spot? –  Yannis Jan 16 '13 at 10:41
    
I don't see tags on the right-hand side. Perhaps they were taken away within the past two years? –  Teemu Leisti Feb 3 at 15:38
    
@TeemuLeisti: the design was updated very recently and that indeed removed the tags from the sidebar. –  Martijn Pieters Feb 3 at 15:42
    
@MartijnPieters Thanks. See my comments on the question, above. –  Teemu Leisti Feb 3 at 15:49

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