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My problem / use case:

I'd like to know when someone creates a question with the a certain tag on the StackExchange network, so that I can (1) answer the question, or, if necessary, (2) advocate that the question be migrated to a more appropriate site/closed as a duplicate of a question on another site. For instance, if I monitored the tag, I could answer this question on Bicycles.SE. I have no idea if, say, Cooking.SE will tomorrow have a question by someone with a burned-out food processor.

The filters/tag sets and associated feeds are a great tool to solve this problem. However, many of the related tags that I'd like to filter are heavily represented on Electronics Design, which I monitor differently. Therefore, I need to exclude Electronics Design from the filter.

Why the current site doesn't solve my problem:

Currently, if I select a set of sites (not including Electronics Design) on the filters page, and then type in a tag name, any sites which don't currently use that flag are eliminated from the selection. This is a neat feature for some use cases, but it makes it impossible to exclude a single site (or small group of sites) from a filter.

Proposed new feature:

I'd prefer to have a third radio button in the list:

I'd like to include...

( ) All Questions
(o) Just questions tagged [______]

on....

( ) All sites
(o) All sites except: [______] (+ checkboxes below)
( ) Just these sites: [______] (+ checkboxes below)

over simply eliminating the feature which limits "Just these sites" to sites which currently have the tag, because then I could catch new questions on sites which haven't been created yet.

Can we change the filters page so that a site (or set of sites) can be excluded from the filter?

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Why can't you simply do "Just these sites" and select all but Electronics? – Rebecca Chernoff May 7 '11 at 19:39
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@Rebecca - Because then I would miss sites which later create the tag. For instance, two weeks ago, Bicycles.SE didn't appear in the list because that question hadn't been asked yet. – Kevin Vermeer May 7 '11 at 20:02
    
Ahhhh, ok. I see. The wording in your post confused me, sorry. – Rebecca Chernoff May 7 '11 at 20:04
    
Alternatively, selecting a tag could not limit to showing sites where the tag currently exists. – Rebecca Chernoff May 7 '11 at 20:06
    
@Rebecca - Any ideas on how I could improve the wording? I understand what I meant, but that doesn't mean it makes sense... – Kevin Vermeer May 7 '11 at 20:09
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@Rebecca - That was the other (less preferred) option. I tried to use your wording to clarify. – Kevin Vermeer May 7 '11 at 20:11
    
Makes sense, +1. (: – Rebecca Chernoff May 7 '11 at 20:14
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Eliminating certain sites from a filter would be very useful, especially now that there are language specific sites for Portuguese and Japanese. I would like to see all questions tagged with Excel but not if they are from the Portuguese or Japanese site, because I don't speak these languages. – teylyn Jan 14 '15 at 6:49
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See this meta.steckowerflow question, to understand @teylyn – Theolodis Jan 14 '15 at 10:05

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