After several months on SO/SE, I finally stumbled across stackexchange.com/filters and set up a filter for the tags and sites I am interested in. Doing so has already increased the variety of questions I read and post answers to.

I figured that I had just overlooked the SE-wide filters, until two other users (one 5k rep one 10k rep on SO, with some other accounts across the network as well) found my mentioning it helpful. So clearly even among users with some SO experience it is not uncommon to be missed.

Then I went to the stackexchange.com main site and found no easy way to locate the filters.

This is critical functionality to making the network be a network rather than a collection of unaffiliated sites, and it is hidden. It is something that, once set up, becomes your portal into the new questions that day. It deserves high priority placement.

One option would be to put it in the top bar of every site, like so: top bar

But somehow I find that a bit unsatisfying. Do you think that it deserves priority placement and, if so, where should it go and what text should describe it?

  • 2
    Thanks for pointing that out, I never knew it was there. +1
    – vascowhite
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 23:23
  • @vascowhite: You're welcome. And thanks for proving my point! :-) Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 23:51
  • Took me a while to find too. The odd multi-step process for finding and managing subscriptions has come up before, I believe Jeff said fixing it wasn't a priority.
    – user154510
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 2:32
  • @MatthewRead The thing is, the functionality is already there. The only thing that's missing is a prominent link to stackexchange.com/filters . Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 10:13
  • 11 upvotes, but does anyone want to take a stab at what it should be called (somehow "filters" doesn't quite do it justice)? Commented Aug 13, 2011 at 23:19


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