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I want to know what the maximum number of tags allowed in a SO url is. I try a longish url (like /tagged/a+OR+b+OR+...) to select only the questions I am interested in, and I get a "Bad Request" response...

I suppose the question could be rephrased as:

What is the maximum url length allowed by the web server of stack overflow?

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It depends. If you use the querystring method, it can be much longer.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged?tagnames=c%23%20java

versus

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/c%23%20java

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Then what is the answer in each case? –  Jon Seigel May 24 '10 at 1:04
    
Thanks. I supposed that's the querystring method I was looking for. By the way, it's a pity that I have to compute this url manually. It would be cool if there was a simple link to that url on my profile page. –  Olivier May 24 '10 at 7:00
    
@olivier your user page tags are linked to a per-user tag search for you -- try clicking them –  Jeff Atwood May 24 '10 at 8:50
    
where is that? If one of my tags is "Python", there is a link to all questions tagged "Python". But I have about 20 tags. I want an url of the form: "/questions/tagged?tagnames=tag1+OR+tag2+OR+tag3+...". For now, I have to construct it manually, right? I'd love SO to construct that URL for me. –  Olivier May 24 '10 at 9:11
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assuming that the parameter name, "tagnames", was not known: is there a way to discover it? Or does a list or doument exist with this information? –  Peter Mortensen May 24 '10 at 11:06

For the path method (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/tags)

With a query of ≥261 chars, the server returns "400 Bad Request".

With a query of ≥242 chars, the server returns a blank page.

With a query of ≥223 chars, the "workin on ur problemz" page appears.

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