I'm really, really not interested in google-chrome, visual-studio-2008, or many other of the myriad topics that come through the question feed. I have specified my "favorite" tags (primarily iOS related); Why must I be shown all these other questions on topics that I find irrelevant? It is simply noise.
I saw that there is at least one question here on Meta from several years ago. It has many upvotes (over one hundred, I think). I saw that there was one answer stating that it had to do with server caching, but clearly that is incorrect, since I am able to filter from view the "ignored" tags so long as I specify each and every tag that I do not want to view. I have a hundred or more of these "ignored" tags. Must I continue with this busy work of clicking tags to ignore in order to reduce the noise?
Why is this? It is clearly not a technical issue; the entire feed can be downloaded as it is now, but filtered by my favorite tags, not by my ignored tags. Is it some "philosophy", like I should eat my beets and at least see questions pertaining to Visual Studio 2008 because it "broadens the mind"? Topic diversity? I'm kidding, but I just can't fathom why a basic UI feature such as filtering is not front and center. I understand that there are custom client-based scripts or apps of some sort, but isn't that a strange approach? Why do I need to defend against a user unfriendly UI?
I know this post might be received negatively, and that's fine. But I have just had multiple pages with almost half off-favorite-topic questions, and I am tired of jumping through the little hoop of clicking twice on that "favorite" star to ignore them.
I think this eat-your-beets "feature", if that is what it is, needs to be justified. Please point me to the explanation. And if this feature request is denied, can I at least get some rep points for each tag I ignore...a badge for most ignored tags...something.