Since there's so much confusion around this, I'll start off with a little background.

Frequented tags are an alternative to favorite tags which are automatically inferred from browsing patterns. If you have no favorite tags, questions with your frequented tags will be highlighted as if you had used the favorite tags feature.

This is a nice idea (and it's easily turned off if you don't like it), but it's confusing and poorly documented. Users are introduced to this feature by the sudden highlighting of questions which have their most frequented tags. This causes confusion:

Note that this list is not intended to shame these users. Several of the authors discovered the cause and solution independently. I intended to use this list to demonstrate that this is a non-intuitive feature. It should be documented somewhere.

In my opinion, it should be documented in such a way that the documentation is presented to the user when the feature is first invoked. A dropdown to the effect of

has been detected as one of your frequented tags.

Questions with this tag will be highlighted to make them easier for you to focus on. More tags may be added based on your future browsing habits.

You can manually control the selections by using the favorited tags feature, or opt out by adding the tag to your list of favorited tags.

Alternatively, a better opt-out mechanism could be implemented. If that's done, post the answer to Grace Note's feature request.

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    Next: A request to blacklist the frequentedtagsfail tag. – Kevin Vermeer Oct 3 '11 at 13:54
  • Or maybe nuke that feature altogether? I'm not sure if it's worth keeping this feature at all. – Disappointed in SE Oct 3 '11 at 14:07
  • @Fabian - I think it's a decent way to introduce and automate the favorite-tags feature. Invoking the Slippery Slope: If the frequented tags feature had proper documentation/education, an argument against frequented tags would be an argument against favorite tags as well. Do you want to nuke that, too? – Kevin Vermeer Oct 3 '11 at 14:18
  • I just think that the heuristic for frequented tags is not smart enough, it just chooses useless tags too often. If you're doing something automatically without an obvious way of disabling it, you should be pretty sure that you get it right most of the time. – Disappointed in SE Oct 3 '11 at 14:27
  • I sure wish you hadn't created the useless frequentedtagsfail tag. Users have no problem generating nonsense tags on their own. – Lance Roberts Oct 3 '11 at 14:41
  • @Lance - It was a joke. At least a couple people (based on commments and Chat transcripts, and possibly you based on your reaction?) use it as a nonsense tag to disable the highlighting; I figured it would be funny and on-topic to use it for this question. Thanks for going through and adding the frequented-tags tag to those other questions. – Kevin Vermeer Oct 3 '11 at 14:51

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