Ever since I've been using SO, I've always 'known' questions that have a favorite tag to become highlighted (their background becomes yellow in the selection list). However, recently I noticed one of my favorite tags wasn't working.

A little search based picture to make it a little more obvious: enter image description here

As you can see I also have no ignored tags, so I don't think there is a conflict there. Is this a bug, or is this functionality added by something else?

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This is intentional, you're searching for [assembly] which means all of your results would be highlighted...we intentionally don't highlight searches or /questions/tagged/x type views that are of one of your favorite tags. The reason the top 2 are highlighted in your screenshot are they match other favorite tags you have.

Highlighting is meant to distinguish things of importance, if everything is highlighted, it stops making sense :)

  • Good answer, wonder how come nobody noticed this before! Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 13:03

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