Every now and then, I update my IGNORE tags lists on stackoverflow so it's easier to browse questions that I might know something about and be able to help with.
If I don't use the IGNORE list, I have to do a ton of scrolling & reading through question pages...
So using the IGNORE list is helpful, but it's still tedius. For example, if I want to ignore Joomla, since I have nothing to contribute to questions about Joomla, I have to ignore all of the following tags:
- Joomla - Joomla1.5 - Joomla-sef-urls - Joomla-template
And in addition to those, any new tags folks might create in the future -- Joomla2, Joomla3, etc.
Could it be possible to have a tag structure where, using the example above, "Joomla" would be the parent tag, and all of the others (Jooma1.5, etc.) would be identified by their creator as child-tags of Joomla. And then, have the ability to ignore Joomla and all of it's children in one step?
Besides allowing users to ignore parents and all of their children, I can see this helping people to search for parents and all of their children as well, all in one swipe.
The parent/child structure could be multi-leveled -- e.g., Gread-grandparent --> Grandparent --> Parent --> Child; just however it made sense for ignoring or searching for entire groups / sub-groups.
Maybe you'd need a new rep step, for folks to have the ability to group tags they didn't create or something.