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under questions, why are some with a yellow background?

Some questions have an orange background on the Stack Overflow main page.

The exact meaning of the background color is not immediately clear to a new user like me; I can tell only that it is not about the question being recent, or having an answer, or votes.

Maybe it would help to put a small legend at the bottom of the page for that coloring, for bounties and for other icons.

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Adam Davis, ChrisF, Toon Krijthe, Jon Seigel Jun 1 '11 at 17:29

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See this question, but I'm not going to vote to close since you had a feature-request in here too – Michael Mrozek May 31 '11 at 14:25
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@Popular Hey now, don't go making my close vote useless! – Adam Davis May 31 '11 at 14:32
    
@Adam but how else will I interfere with your pleasant day? – Pops May 31 '11 at 14:33
    
@Pop A poke in the eye with a sharp stick works well enough. Low tech, sure, but there's nothing like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick to get you going in the morning. – Adam Davis May 31 '11 at 14:38
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I think icons and the colors are really great on the stack sites - they make things easier to read quickly. User friendly. But they also could make things worse if their meanings are ambiguous. Personally, I think you will retain more new users if ambiguous icons have a footer legend. PS Thanks for the replies. – Bear. Teddy Bear. May 31 '11 at 15:07
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These are questions having tags, which are determined to be interesting to you (either automatically -- frequented tags or you've have selected them as favorite tags).

I do agree that it's not obvious and needs some kind of indication. IMHO small icon with tooltip would be helpful.

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You might want to update your answer now that the question is changed... – Adam Davis May 31 '11 at 14:33
    
So they are questions with tags that match my "favorite tags". Thanks vartec. – Bear. Teddy Bear. May 31 '11 at 14:59

Please don't. The footer is already large enough. If we start adding stuff to it that rightly belongs in the FAQs here on meta, it will become unwieldy, and worse - people will still come here asking about things because, as we all know, people don't read.

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