When I search for users on the User Search feature on StackOverflow.com, it shows a listing of languages under the user's point total for the week.

John Skeet User Search result

Where do these language come from? For example, mine shows css, jquery, javascript. Yet, I've given PHP, Java, C++, etc answers, and I have many language favorite tags.

So, are these languages somehow associated with my profile? If so, how can I edit/influence them.


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    A few quick test cases indicates that it's not the tags you have the highest total score in, as was my first guess. – Servy Sep 12 '13 at 19:31
  • @Servy How can I see that btw? – crush Sep 12 '13 at 19:33
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    The "tags" section on the user's profile shows the total score of tags they've posted in, in sorted order. – Servy Sep 12 '13 at 19:34
  • It could be the 3 tags you have the highest total score in over a given period of time, which is why it doesn't sync up perfectly with their profile page, which only displays the "all time" values for their tags. – Servy Sep 12 '13 at 19:36

Those are the user's top-score tags (keep in mind that score refers to answers only) for the current time period selected. Pay attention to the time frame buttons at the top right of the Users page. It rarely ever defaults to the "all" time frame, and tends to somewhat randomly select which time frame to view at first (when you don't have one explicitly selected).

  • Oh, I see the part I missed was for the current time period selected – crush Sep 12 '13 at 19:38
  • Pay attention to the time frame. You are probably in "week" mode. In "all" mode, it shows your top tags as php, jquery, and javascript, which matches the information on your tags tab. – animuson Sep 12 '13 at 19:38
  • Yes, I see my mistake. Thanks! – crush Sep 12 '13 at 19:39

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