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People that have the tag in their "favourites", or maybe those who have subscribed to the RSS feed?

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  • Note: this mechanism went over a full overhaul, changing it drastically. The answer to this question is now in the duplicate that introduced the change. Feb 11 at 12:20

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From what I can tell, it's the number of people who have favorited the tag plus the number of e-mail subscribers.

People who both favorite and subscribe seem to count twice.

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  • "Clicked the star to highlight [the tag]"? How can you do that?
    – MaDa
    Jan 8, 2012 at 14:12
  • @Mada Hover over a tag, then click the star that appears in the pop-up. Although I removed that part because I remembered it's not the only way to favorite a tag.
    – a cat
    Jan 8, 2012 at 14:18
  • Amazing! I thought the only method to "favourite" a tag is to type it by hand in the question list view. Thanks!
    – MaDa
    Jan 8, 2012 at 14:26
  • @MaDa FYI, it has changed drastically, see the dupe for details. Feb 11 at 13:14

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