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Introduced in 2009 was the ability to add wildcards to favourite and ignored tags. This is great, because it means I can favourite and with a single favourite tag.

The problem with this is the untidiness seen after clicking the tag to conduct a search.. In a search for css*, it includes 20 different CSS-related tags. This means that the "questions tagged" section of the sidebar shows:

CSS* Example

Considering all of these tags were expanded from one wildcard tag, can this instead be changed to just display the wildcard tag with a link to optionally show all the included tags? Something like:

CSS* Request

I suppose it's worth noting that the wildcard tag links to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/css* and not some crazily long search query.

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    Personally, I like seeing which tags are included. May 17 '13 at 11:28
  • And when you are not interested in css-something-or-other? Or a new technology that starts with css comes?
    – Oded
    May 17 '13 at 11:28
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    @DannyBeckett that's what the 'expand' link is for. May 17 '13 at 11:29
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    @Oded if you're not interested in something you'd ignore it. May 17 '13 at 11:29
  • You could write a trivial user script to do this... May 17 '13 at 11:29
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    ...or it could be implemented SE-wide, thus including users who don't spend their days hacking html.
    – AndrewC
    May 17 '13 at 11:45
  • @AndrewC You have a point, but I'm not sure how many non-programmers know about the wildcards.
    – Hannele
    May 17 '13 at 13:15
  • Considerably more people know about * than know how to script a webpage, both in and out of the programming community.
    – AndrewC
    May 17 '13 at 19:10
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    @DannyBeckett The same could be said for some of your requests, Mr. Checkbox to Hide Badges! ;-) May 18 '13 at 8:31
  • @JamesDonnelly I'm sorry, I don't understand? May 18 '13 at 18:30
  • @DannyBeckett "you could write a trivial user script to do this" - was simply picking up on the fact that the same could apply to that request of yours along with many others here on Meta. Don't worry, I wasn't making a dig at you or anything. May 18 '13 at 18:34
  • @JamesDonnelly But I did exactly that... confused May 18 '13 at 18:35
  • @JamesDonnelly If you still haven't had any answers in the next day or 2, I'll write a user script for this too :) May 18 '13 at 18:36
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Seeing as someone just gave this a downvote for whatever reason: This now no longer applies thanks to the new nav update, meaning this question is now redundant.

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