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Clicking on tags broken?
“Perhaps you'd like to select a different tab?”

I understand the Featured tab is purposefully being hidden when there are 0 matches to a selected Tag, but in the case of "You are on the Featured tab", this no longer makes sense and is especially confusing to new users. Choose and implement one of the following:

  1. Show a selected (class="youarehere") Featured tab when on a page that results in "You are on the Featured tab", hide it when user navigates away
  2. Link the "select a different tab" prompt to a suitable default, such as "newest"
  3. Instead of this page, redirect the user to something immediately useful (like an alternate view of "unanswered" with the addition of "There are no questions with an active bounty at the moment, but here are some unanswered ones" - preserve the Featured sticky for later, if you think we care)

Why the current behavior is confusing:

  • There is no other instance of the word "Featured" on the page ("Featured tab? where?")
  • Styling of "Perhaps you'd like to select a different tab?" (class="hot") causes it to be visually associated with the Main Nav bar (and if user re-clicks Questions "tab", their Tag selection is abandoned)
  • Capitalization of "Featured" reinforces false relationship to Main Nav (actual tabs are all lowercase)

If the only thing holding options 2 or 3 back is the lack of a consensus default/redirect location, why not re-purpose the same mechanism that delivered me here (the cookie that remembered I "wanted" the Featured tab) to track which tab I click next, and send me there next time I arrive at this message? Short of that, Option 1 should be fairly simple to implement.

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  • @CodyGray would it have helped to mark this as feature-request and reword the title something like "Improve site appearance/behavior when selecting a tag with no active bounties"? three of those questions were "what's going on, I don't understand?", with the answers coming in the realm of "by design". the fourth (before editing) was a request for "a way to select a different tab" and so the correct selected answer was "they're there, see?". where would my ideas be better presented? – rymo Mar 17 '12 at 3:17
  • Indeed, it appeared to me that you were filing a bug report, asking how you can be on the featured tab when there is no featured tab. That's a reasonable question, and 3 other people had the same question before. But each of them received good answers to that question, so I voted to close this as a duplicate—no hard feelings. And yes, the existing UI is apparently by design, that's the other message that the duplicate links attempted to convey. – Cody Gray Mar 17 '12 at 3:20
  • You might be able to post a new question tagged feature-request with some specific ideas on how to improve the UI, but there's no guarantee that won't be closed as a duplicate, too, considering that the existing UI is apparently by design. There is a message shown that attempts to explain the problem; that's what Rebecca's answer shows. So I'm not sure what else we'd improve. – Cody Gray Mar 17 '12 at 3:21
  • I thought the numbered items in the question were fairly specific? – rymo Mar 17 '12 at 3:24
  • how about meta.stackexchange.com/q/125942/181267 ? – rymo Mar 17 '12 at 4:34

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