# Should frequently used tags (i.e. used to tag about half of all questions) be added to Frequented Tags?

Before I added a dummy tag to Ignored Tags on http://sharepoint.stackexchange.com/, I could (or rather was forced to) see the Frequented Tags section. It contained a single tag - 'sharepoint-2010'. Since this is a site about SharePoint, almost all the questions were highlighted and that contradicts the idea of highlighting selected, most valuable/interesting questions.

In my opinion it is a bug. Tags with such a broad scope should not be added to Frequented Tags.

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Does it not indicate a specific version? –  systempuntoout May 20 '11 at 12:18
@systempuntoout It does, but it is the latest version of SharePoint, currently 373 questions out of 777 are tagged with 'sharepoint-2010'. Go to sharepoint.stackexchange.com and see how the main page looks. –  Marek Grzenkowicz May 20 '11 at 12:27
These things are bound to happen with a site that's entirely devoted to a single technology. This wasn't a problem when the questions were posted on Stack Overflow. But it's not clear what you're asking here. Do you want to remove the tag sharepoint-2010? –  Cody Gray May 20 '11 at 12:45
@Cody Gray Yes, that's why I am suggesting that algorithm generating the Frequented Tags list needs a change. –  Marek Grzenkowicz May 20 '11 at 12:48
That doesn't make much sense. It's not the algorithm's fault that the majority of questions have that tag. What do you propose to change the algorithm to instead? How does it know which of your frequented tags to ignore and which of them to actually count? You could just tell it yourself, of course... –  Cody Gray May 20 '11 at 12:49
@Cody Gray Take a look at the screenshot - is highlighting most of the questions good or bad? Does it help to achieve anything? –  Marek Grzenkowicz May 20 '11 at 12:52
Nearly all of the questions on my Stack Overflow homepage are highlighted. Makes sense, it means the algorithm is correctly finding questions that I would be interested in or would probably be able to answer. But you're still missing the point. You're making a "feature-request", but not spelling out what you want that "feature" to be. "Don't highlight the questions I don't want to be highlighted" is not an algorithm. –  Cody Gray May 20 '11 at 12:57
–  Cody Gray May 20 '11 at 13:41
@cody that's not really the same since the SO homepage does something radically different than every other site. blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/stack-overflow-homepage-changes –  Jeff Atwood May 21 '11 at 4:28

Having a tag that covers more than half of the questions seems disproportionate. Is this tag really relevant? Are all the questions tagged sharepoint-2010 really specific to that version?

Let's look at the top tags on a few sites:

I haven't looked at the content of Drupal and SharePoint, but from these figures I suspect that WordPress and Ubuntu are doing this right and Drupal and SharePoint are doing it wrong. I included English in this list because I think they've done a good job of getting useful tags with a difficult subject matter. I included Unix partly because I know it well, and partly to show that even though something like 95% of the questions are from people running Linux¹, most of these questions don't have the linux tag because it's not relevant to the question.

Enforcing that a version or variant tag is only used when it matters takes some work (I know I retag a lot on Unix), but it's worthwhile to be able to search version-specific questions if you find you have a version-specific issue (it worked under 2007, no longer does under 2010, so I want to search 2010-specific answers only), or to ignore versions you don't care about.

Concluding with something that directly addresses your question: on Unix, where I have no favorite tags and view almost every question, no question is highlighted.

¹ That was an off-the-cuff estimate, but the questions tagged with unix variants other than Linux do seem to add up to around 5%.

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thank you very much for bringing this to my attention; see meta.drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/229/… and meta.sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/142/… –  Jeff Atwood May 21 '11 at 5:02

Actually, as others have said, this implies a deep problem with the tagging scheme on your site.

We generally strongly discourage version tags unless the question you are asking is irrevocably and perfectly linked to a specific version of software, and cannot possibly ever be relevant to any other version of the software for the rest of recorded human history.

So unless sharepoint 2010 is completely and radically different than sharepoint 2007 -- I'm talking about a change so radical that it went from Windows to Linux -- it is unlikely you need this many questions tagged sharepoint 2010.

edit: elaborated and proposed policy of version tags considered harmful at

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