When typing a tag in the search bar it would be sweet like a thousand unicorns if it would suggest tags as you type. It could detect when to show suggestions based on the [ character.

For bonus points they could be styled just like the Tags field on the Ask Question page.

  • +1, was about to post this exact request. Dec 7, 2012 at 9:31
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    I just noticed (on [productivity.se]) that this happens if you only type a tag: If you type procrastionation it changes to [procrastination]. Likewise e.g. on Stack Overflow: type Delphi and it becomes [Delphi]
    – Jan Doggen
    Nov 14, 2016 at 15:20
  • @JanDoggen - Huh. If it did that in 2014, it doesn't seem to now. Feb 13, 2020 at 12:52
  • @T.J.Crowder because Delphi is less popular these days. Try with C#, JavaScript, etc, and it will become a tag. If the search term is exact match of one of the top 50 tags on the site, it will auto convert. Feb 13, 2020 at 12:57
  • @Shadow9 - Doesn't for me: i.sstatic.net/jg7Xt.png, i.sstatic.net/66L1K.png I also tried an opening [. Not seeing anything automatic. Feb 13, 2020 at 13:01
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    @Shadow9 - Ah, if you only type something that matches a tag (from some list, apparently), it works. But not if you type anything in addition to the tag. (And, as you say, only with certain things, which no longer include delphi apparently. :-) ) Feb 13, 2020 at 13:02
  • @T.J.Crowder yes, that's true. It's very limited, but still useful. :) Feb 13, 2020 at 13:03

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Yes, yes, a thousand times yes

It should work just like tagging a question, but perhaps be triggered by having a leading [ (whereas when tagging a question, it's a dedicated field so you don't need the [):

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This could cut down on duplicate questions, and just generally make search better. I just searched for [react-js] error handling and didn't find anything — because the tag is [reactjs], not [react-js].

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