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This is bad ui design. How many times am I going to subscribe to a tag, if ever? Once, twice. The question page is like navigating land mines that explode unwanted information if you are not careful to leave your pointer in a 'safe' position.

Not moving the pointer is a not a good way to signal an event. I have to stop moving it a some point and it may have nothing to do with what happens to be over the pointer.

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It would make some sense in the list of interesting tags, where it's a lot more likely that I'd subscribe to some tags. –  Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 9 '11 at 21:43
    
See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/74404/… –  Jon Seigel Jan 9 '11 at 21:56
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Yes, the way it triggers on hover makes it very easy to set off accidentally. A few times today I've been scrolling through the page with the scroll wheel and ended up with a pop-over popping over something I was actually reading at the time. –  Matt Gibson Jan 10 '11 at 13:35
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The design of the popup is so ugly.. It doesn't fit at all into the website –  Andreas Bonini Jan 11 '11 at 1:05

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There's a couple reasons. But primarily, to explain "wtf is this tag thing about?"

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beyond that, it also offers easy access to

  • the per-tag faq
  • the tag wiki
  • the top users in that tag

and, it allows you to find the rss feed and subscribe to new questions in this tag via email.

(we'll be adding the favorite functionality here soon as well, renaming "interesting" tags to favorite and going with the star metaphor)

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I do not argue that it does not provide useful information - I think it does. I argue that it does so in a way that provides information that is not always wanted and could be presented through other mechanisms. –  nate c Jan 9 '11 at 22:17
    
Bummed that clicking on a tag no longer takes me to a page from which I can mark it as interesting or ignored. Can those be added to this popup? –  Robert Levy Jan 10 '11 at 15:33
    
@Robert, FWIW, clicking "subscribe" here does add the tag to the "interesting" list. –  Pops Jan 10 '11 at 17:57
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@Popular-Demand, what about things where I'm interested but not enough to want emails about it? –  Robert Levy Jan 10 '11 at 18:22
    
I believe I know what Windows is. So what's the use of the large description? If we're not going to remove this "feature" (is it a bug?), could we make a "lite" version without the description? –  muntoo Jan 15 '11 at 7:09

Not moving the pointer is a not a good way to signal an event. I have to stop moving it a some point and it may have nothing to do with what happens to be over the pointer.

So much truth!

When moreover the handler for such a non-event takes considerable time to render, results in a black thing which resizes itself in the middle of the drawing process, and provides information I did not request and which simply has been of no interest to me in the, hmmm, 100% of the times it's been presented to me, one has to wonder who thought this was a reasonable design!

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Here is a script to hide the tag info popup.

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problum solvd.. –  Robert Harvey Feb 25 '11 at 23:57

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