On the right, there is a widget that lists "Related Tags" (left − SO April 2013, right − MSE May 2014):

What are they related to? There isn't even a question selected. Are they related to the whole displayed list?

This can be seen on every SE site.

  • Life, the Universe, and Everything?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jul 2, 2013 at 0:38
  • Well, I am a C# programmer mostly, so that makes sense. Jul 2, 2013 at 0:39
  • +1 It's a valuable feature. Just a few words about it wouldn't harm.
    – Wolf
    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:12

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Actually, "Related" is wrong in case you view the whole list.

I'll start from the actual use of that "widget": when you're viewing a specific tag page e.g. the Related Tags lists tags having most questions tagged with both the tag you're viewing and other tag. So for example, if the list for C# tag contains this:

It means there are 12,782 questions tagged both and so Related Tags are "tags that frequently appear together".

Now when you don't view any tag (i.e. main questions list) it just show the top tags, sorted by amount of questions, same order as in the tags page, popular tab.

So changing to "Top Tags" or "Popular Tags" when not viewing a specific tag is a reasonable request.

  • +1 What are your observations about tags related to tags?
    – Wolf
    Apr 9, 2014 at 12:15
  • Well, they are technically related... They're related to everything. Apr 9, 2014 at 12:16
  • @Wolf if two tags are both used frequently together then yes, they are somewhat related. When thinking about it, I can't find a better word so guess I'll edit the first sentence. Apr 9, 2014 at 12:25
  • Yes, obviously: I just tried c# and got a related .net (103639) and after that I tried .net and got a related c# (103639)
    – Wolf
    Apr 9, 2014 at 13:17
  • @Wolf yep it's symmetric. :) Apr 9, 2014 at 13:28
  • I have the feeling that your first sentence (Actually, "Related" is wrong in case you view the whole list.) needs a rework.
    – Wolf
    Apr 9, 2014 at 15:08
  • @wolf why is that? Apr 9, 2014 at 15:29

Realted to the whole list. Not only displayed.

  • I guess this list should be called something else then. Like "Most Popular Tags" or "Most Used Tags". Jul 2, 2013 at 2:53
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    @user1306322, but this list can be more specific when you select additional param.
    – sectus
    Jul 2, 2013 at 2:57
  • If you do so, it becomes a whole other page, and then the context appears in which "Related" is valid Jul 2, 2013 at 3:00

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