Is there a way to search for questions that only have a specific number of tags? Something like [alpha] tags:1 would be helpful for filtering by tag rather than using [alpha] -[beta] -[chi] -[delta] -[epsilon].

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Irritation finally prevailed over inertia, so I generalized an existing query in Data Explorer:


to this:


And created another:



We don't support this case in search, it's a pretty narrow use case that'd require some indexing changes so it doesn't make sense to support it.

That being said, if you had to extremely good use case we'll definitely entertain the idea...but I'm having trouble picturing a scenario.

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    It'd extremely useful for cleaning up crap tags and questions... for instance if a question is tagged solely performance then you know that there's almost certainly something wrong with the question. Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 20:16
  • Also, it would be useful for finding questions within your range of expertise, without the signal/noise ratio that currently exists when using two or three positive tags as a search query, and twice as many negative tags as a filter. Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 21:07
  • Nick, can't you slightly change the logic of the favorite/ignored tags so that if tag appears both as ignored and as favorite, the favorite wins? This way I can add * to ignored tags and the single tag as favorite and goal achieved. Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 7:46
  • Any updates on this? Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 17:12
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    I moderate Geographic Information Systems where we sometimes get "pure Python" questions more suited to Stack Overflow asked. We are happy to answer questions related to GIS Python libraries but not "pure Python". I would like to be able to search for questions tagged only with python.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Apr 4, 2015 at 4:26

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