When the tag is removed from a question, the question is bumped, as with any other edit. I propose that, when that is the only change to a question, it not be bumped: the point of detagging is to call attention away from the question, and bumping the question defeats that purpose.

Note that there's an outstanding feature request for retagging not to bump (and another), and one for mod edits optionally not to bump, but this is more specific than either of those, and where public policy may dictate those be denied, this may be worth granting anyway.

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    I agree that it is somewhat counter-intuitive, but really, how often is the featured tag really used? I think this is too much of a corner case to truly be worth the effort needed to implement it. Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 16:49

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This strikes me as a peculiar request, since the functionality already exists: after 30 days, the tag is automatically removed from the question by the system, without actually generating a new revision and thus without bumping.

Remember also that the tag is moderator-only and serves to pin the question in the Community Bulletin board - something that can also be accomplished by creating an event (which doesn't bump anything) or simply relying on the default "hotness" logic (which, needless to say, also doesn't bump anything and additionally limits itself to questions posted within the past two weeks).

What I'm getting at is this: you never actually have to use in the first place, and when you do use it you don't have to manually remove it - but if you do find yourself needing such fine-grained control over how and when certain meta posts are promoted, you should probably just be using events.

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    Good points. +1.
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 16:53

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