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A bug arising from a UI snafu: if you enter a tag, and it is less popular than six other tags that it is a substring of, then it doesn't appear in the pop-up menu, and you can't add it to your tag set.

E.g., when I try entering [tex], the menu offers get "text", "latex" and four other tag names with "text" as a substring, but not "tex".

There might be a workaround for this, but I haven't figured it out. I propose changing the scoring mechanism so that exact matches are weighted highest.

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We modified the tag-autocomplete logic so the exact match always shows up if it exists.

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This is actually possible to accomplish in the current system. When you type out "tex", instead of hitting Enter or anything, just click off of the dropdown.

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It'll give you the stats for the [tex] tag and let you add it properly. This is similar to the same scenario with tag preferences.

Even with the capability, though, I agree that exact matches should be provided in the dropdown. Here's a related proposal for this on all manner of tag dropdowns on the Q&A sites themselves: Please add exact tag matches to the autocomplete lists. I don't know if the mechanisms are identical, but doing both at the same time would be swell.

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Yes, that works and the link to the [feature-request] is spot on. –  Charles Stewart Nov 9 '10 at 20:01

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