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My interests on SO are relatively narrow and so I have to resort to tagged search to find questions I might wish to read or answer. Lately I'm finding that traffic has gotten so large that even with tags it is difficult for me to find interesting questions. I'd like better tools for using tags to browse questions.

Here's a specific feature request:

  • If I do an or search on a large number of tags (13 is typical for me), along with the results screen I get some buttons, each of which takes me to questions tagged with that single tag. I'd like to have the dual feature: that is, I'd like to be able to click on an 'x' next to a button and remove that tag from my search, so that I am now looking at results for the remaining 12 tags. For example, if I search for questions tagged

    functional-programming or haskell or lua or ocaml or caml or c or memory-management or polymorphism or lambda or lambda-calculus or compiler or hardware or teaching

    then I'd like to be able to click an 'x' next to the c button can get questions tagged

    functional-programming or haskell or lua or ocaml or caml or memory-management or polymorphism or lambda or lambda-calculus or compiler or hardware or teaching

    and so on.

It probably makes sense for some kind reader or some energetic person on the SO team to think about more tools for navigating the high-dimensional tag space effectively. Not my bailiwick, but I feel like it's getting harder and harder to find interesting questions, and my participation is dropping. I'm still in the top 75 users based on reputation, but that's primarily a long tail of votes for old answers—I'm having trouble finding new questions I want to answer.

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Downvoted because you don't want the feature? You don't want me to have the feature? I shouldn't have tagged a question both feature-request and discussion? Help me out here... –  Norman Ramsey Nov 24 '09 at 17:35
    
Perhaps downvoted because it sounds like a personal ad? :-) –  George Stocker Nov 24 '09 at 17:35
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-1 - needs more images w/ drop-shadows and hand-drawn circles. –  Shog9 Nov 24 '09 at 17:50
    
+1: Sounds really useful. –  ire_and_curses Nov 24 '09 at 18:02
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Thanks John for the edit. 5K rep on meta? I'm in awe... –  Norman Ramsey Nov 24 '09 at 18:08
    
Looks like Facted Search to me. A quick drop-in of Solr ... –  Rosinante Nov 30 '09 at 1:58

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