I did something stupid, and now I can't remove a tag from my favorite tags list.

I was curious to see if I could use a tag like [css] or [html]. However, it appears that there is some sort of a glitch if you use the word or as a tag.

Steps the reproducealthough you will end up with a tag that is un-removable.

  • Go to preferences.

  • Go to "Favorite tags" and paste in something like: [css] or [html].

  • Click Add, and you will get something like:

  • Refresh the page and the or tag will become static and un-removable.

I tried removing all the tags, but that didn't do anything. Now the word or just falls before all the other tags.

I have tried reproducing this with words other than or, however or seems to be the only known word that will do this. I was able to reproduce the same glitch with the ignored tags too.

In the HTML, it is rendered as or 

Can anyone confirm this?

  • I cannot reproduce here on Meta or on Stack Overflow.
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:34
  • @Oded That's weird... Are you able to go in my account and look at it? Oct 19, 2013 at 19:35
  • No, I can't, even as a dev. Try clicking outside the edit area (so it is not active), then the edit link to get the delete options and delete the tag. If this still fails, can you confirm the browser and OS you are using?
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:37
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    I can reproduce it. Create the tag, then refresh the screen.
    – dcaswell
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:37
  • @Oded Still can't remove it - I am using Chrome, Version 30.0.1599.69 m .. on a Windows 7. Oct 19, 2013 at 19:39
  • OK. The extra step to repro was posted by @dcaswell
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:40
  • @Oded That step was in the original post ;) Oct 19, 2013 at 19:41
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    @JoshC - And I missed it ;)
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:42
  • @joshC I figured out how to remove it, should I post it as an answer?
    – dcaswell
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:52
  • @dcaswell Sure. Oct 19, 2013 at 19:52
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    @Oded is this the space Mr. Cecconi added recently? ;-) Oct 20, 2013 at 8:49
  • @ShaWizDowArd - may very well be
    – Oded
    Oct 20, 2013 at 9:23

2 Answers 2

  1. Enter this as your favorite tag [css] or [html]
  2. click add
  3. refresh screen

For all of us who have messed up our tags after reproducing Josh's issue:

Click edit next to your favorite tags

This is the HTML generated in Chrome for my tags.

<div id="interestingTags"><a href="/questions/tagged/sql" class="post-tag user-tag" title="show questions tagged 'sql'" rel="tag">sql<span class="delete-tag" title="remove this tag"></span></a> <a href="/questions/tagged/sql-server-2008" class="post-tag user-tag" title="show questions tagged 'sql-server-2008'" rel="tag">sql-server-2008<span class="delete-tag" title="remove this tag"></span></a> <a href="/questions/tagged/css" class="post-tag user-tag" title="show questions tagged 'css'" rel="tag">css<span class="delete-tag" title="remove this tag"></span></a>  or&nbsp; <a href="/questions/tagged/html" class="post-tag user-tag" title="show questions tagged 'html'" rel="tag">html<span class="delete-tag" title="remove this tag"></span></a> </div>

Note that or is my second to last pseudo-tag.

Delete this HTML or&nbsp; using the edit html option in Chrome Tools:

Delete your last tag . In this case it's the HTML tag.

Refresh your screen.

No more or tag.


or  and and  are used as conjunction in search and other displays and thus should not be used in tag preferences.

I've fixed the code so it removes them if you try to insert them, and does not display them if you have them.

This change will be deployed in the next build out.

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