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If you are interesting in following any questions on, say (for instance), 'authentication', you can just open a new tab in your browser. (more than 800 questions)

Then you realize that there are interesting questions as well on ServerFault, or SuperUser (3 questions), even on Meta!

That means opening 3 or 4 tabs (just for one topic).

If you follow actively 2 or 3 tags (in separate tabs, without using 'or' operator, in order to avoid having sorting through each list in order to not miss a question for a particular tag), and if those tags are relevant for 2 or more SO-family sites... you end up with a lot of opened tabs.


1/ Would it be possible, when asking for questions tagged xxx, to be able to requests results from other SO-family sites? For example:
(and the following is by no mean a 'solution', just a proposition to illustrate how to achieve the end-result) and su

would display questions from SO and SF and SU, in my current SO page.
(Hopefully, color-scheme associated with each questions, or an dedicated icon, could help pinpoint which site they come from, but actually, when you are interested in a topic, you do not really care at first where it has been published)

2/ If that is not possible (too complex, or too confusing for the user), what would be your suggestion for that kind of "question monitoring on multiple sites"? (except opening a gazillion of tabs ;) )

If that issue makes sense, I will add the 'feature-request' tag on it.
I am just looking for some feedbacks first (since there could very well be a much simpler solution to this).

I did some tests with Google:

Regarding RSS, I am not sure the "refresh" rate of those feeds is quick enough for question monitoring (when you want to see at spot if a new question exists): a refresh in a browser directly query SO, but a refresh in an RSS aggregators would only display what has been published, or worse, what has been cached by the aggregator.

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This is now possible through the magic of filters!

Here I have set up an example filter to browse all questions from gaming.SE, Programmers.SE, and

It can also filter by tags, so it would be trivial to make a filter that displays all (and only!) the questions tagged on MSO, SO, SF, and SU.

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Couldn't you just do a google search, scoped to..

(note that /tags/ is a synonym for /questions/tagged/ although I had to fight Jarrod on this because he has this thing for URL route 'purity')

edit: alternately, I'm sure there are services out there which will combine RSS feeds -- you could combine the RSS feeds for that tag on all three sites.

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I drank too much of the RESTFUL kool-aid.. I mean, I plead the 5th! – Jarrod Dixon Jul 22 '09 at 8:07
I am not sure Google could return the most recent question first (which is what you are after when "monitoring" a tag). I will try some Google search to see if it does solve this problem. – VonC Jul 22 '09 at 8:25

For tag monitoring across sites, I'd just use RSS. You can get RSS feeds of a particular tag, so just use one for each site. (Some aggregators/other things have ways of treating more than one feed as a single feed).

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I believe RSS feeds are not updated "quickly" enough to be effective (correct me if I am wrong). By the time you detect a new question, it is often too late to contribute in a meaningful way. – VonC Jul 22 '09 at 8:26

It is very rare that I want to search the same tag on multiple sites; largely by definition I expect there to be a good difference in the content of each, and I'd only search on the most appropriate site (am I interested in server configuration? programming concerns? or the end-user's experience?). If the same content is on each, something is probably wrong...

Other than that... google ;-p

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I do not believe that a tag present on multiple site means "duplicate content"; that said, your "very rare that I want to search the same tag on multiple sites" could be the definitive answer: if I am the only one having this issue, it is not useful for the community ;) – VonC Jul 22 '09 at 8:29

Google or RSS do not answer my request.

I need a native search able to give me at spot across SO sites and right now, I have no choice but to open n windows for searching n site.

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@John: what other answer do you want me to accept, then? – VonC Aug 24 '09 at 12:30
None? No-one is forcing you! – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 7:04
@John: : Gotta have those 100% accept rate (and this question is closed, so no new answer to expect). Silly, I know, but if it is the game they want to play, I will play along... – VonC Aug 25 '09 at 7:11
You are playing it wrong! – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 8:20
@John: I agree. But in this instance... who cares? – VonC Aug 25 '09 at 8:44
Point taken! – Ladybug Killer Aug 25 '09 at 11:46

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