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  • What are watched tags and ignored tags? How do they work?
  • What are tag subscriptions?
  • What are interesting tags?
  • On Stack Overflow, the content of the main page question list appears to be influenced by watched and ignored tags. How does that work?

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Watched Tags

To watch a tag, do one of the following:

  • In the popover that appears when you hover over the tag, click on the "Watch tag" button.
  • On the main page's right sidebar, in the Watched Tags section, click on "Watch a tag" (if you have no watched tags yet), or click on "Edit" next to the section heading (if you have at least one watched tag already).
  • Go to the Settings tab of your user profile, then click on the Tag watching & ignoring link.

Note that you can use wildcards in the latter two.

This has the following effects:

  • Questions with these tags become highlighted on the front page.
  • Questions with new activity are shown on stackexchange.com/filters.
  • In the review queues, questions from these tags are shown to you before other questions.
  • The search operator intags:mine limits search to questions with those tags and answers to such questions. If your "Watched Tags" list is empty, the search operator does nothing.
  • On Stack Overflow, this affects how questions are displayed on the home page (Recent questions) and the various questions pages.

(Watched tags were formerly known as interesting tags and favorite tags. They may also be known as followed tags.)

Ignored Tags

To ignore a tag, do one of the following:

  • In the popover that appears when you hover over the tag, click on the "Ignore tag" button.
  • On the main page's sidebar, in the Ignored Tags section, click on Add an ignored tag (if you have no ignored tags yet), or click on Edit next to the section heading (if you have at least one ignored tag already).
  • Go to the Settings tab of your user profile, then click on the Tag watching & ignoring link.

Note that you can use wildcards in the latter two.

This has the following effects:

  • By default, questions with these tags are shown faded/grayed-out; they are still visible, but less prominent. It is possible to hide them completely; for more details, see: How do I hide posts matching my ignored tags?
  • On Stack Overflow, this affects how questions are displayed on the home page (Recent questions) and the various questions pages.

Subscribing to a tag

You can no longer choose to receive emails about new activity within a tag. However, you can subscribe via RSS by hovering over the tag, then clicking the orange RSS feed icon in the top-right of the popover that appears.

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  • > "This will cause you to receive mails about activity in those tags." I would not subscribe because the last thing I'd want is more email.
    – WRX
    Dec 6, 2016 at 14:53
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    @WillowRex: Well, then don’t do it. Since that’s the only effect of subscribing to a tag, this function was not made for you. It looks as if favouring/following tags is more your kind of thing.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Dec 6, 2016 at 15:00
  • yes, and I also had no idea what they were for before this. So thanks!
    – WRX
    Dec 6, 2016 at 15:44
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    BEAUTIFUL! Except the User/Preferences thing must have gotten changed at some point, it's hidden a little now. I had to go into my profile, then click "Edit Profile And Settings", then on the left side under Site Preferences there's a Settings link and it's in there. Aug 23, 2017 at 11:28

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