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Is there a way to search for questions that only have a specific number of tags? Something like [alpha] tags:1 would be helpful for filtering by tag rather than using [alpha] -[beta] -[chi] -[delta] -[epsilon].

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We don't support this case in search, it's a pretty narrow use case that'd require some indexing changes so it doesn't make sense to support it.

That being said, if you had to extremely good use case we'll definitely entertain the idea...but I'm having trouble picturing a scenario.

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It'd extremely useful for cleaning up crap tags and questions... for instance if a question is tagged solely performance then you know that there's almost certainly something wrong with the question. –  ben is uǝq backwards Jun 3 '13 at 20:16
Also, it would be useful for finding questions within your range of expertise, without the signal/noise ratio that currently exists when using two or three positive tags as a search query, and twice as many negative tags as a filter. –  Paul Sweatte Jun 3 '13 at 21:07
Nick, can't you slightly change the logic of the favorite/ignored tags so that if tag appears both as ignored and as favorite, the favorite wins? This way I can add * to ignored tags and the single tag as favorite and goal achieved. –  Shadow Wizard Jun 4 '13 at 7:46
Any updates on this? –  Paul Sweatte Jun 19 '13 at 17:12

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