This is on Stack Overflow. On Meta I'm able to see what the tags are on the right side of the screen. In fact, I think yesterday or some point earlier today I saw tags on the right side of the screen (I can't screenshot or remember correctly).

It's right above the asked and active heading.

I know this is minor but what happened to it? It might be useful for browsing instead of having to look at the bottom of the question post.

No tags

Found an image on Google and it shows the tags on the right side of the screen: Tags

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    Shhhhh! It's another experiment. – Jeremy T Feb 5 '14 at 19:56
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    Now lie down on this metal surface. It's not an operating table, promise! – animuson ModStaff Feb 5 '14 at 19:58
  • Why do none of these "experiments" affect me? – 3ventic Feb 5 '14 at 19:58
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    @JeremyTunnell Y U DO DIS? It's useful for having to go back to the tag homepage so it's faster that way. Why remove it > EDIT: Lemme guess it's to make this faster :) – puretppc Feb 5 '14 at 20:22
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    @puretppc It's one of the few items on the page that is redundant, and we found out that most people use the tags on the question. All part of our decluttering campaign. – Jeremy T Feb 5 '14 at 21:20
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    While I rarely click on them, I frequently find myself using them after correcting someone's tagging. I realize my use case isn't the norm, but it's still a very small inconvenience. That said, testing is cool. – Charles Feb 5 '14 at 21:56
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    Okay, I actually have another complaint about this. The tag list on the right contains the number of other questions with the tag. That's really handy information when doing tag editing, and it's information missing from the normal tag tooltip. – Charles Feb 6 '14 at 0:14
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    I use those tags all of the time. They certainly are not redundant. – Andy Feb 6 '14 at 10:37
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    If you are going to remove them at least put the tags attached to the question at the top of the question rather than at the bottom so they're easy to get to. – Andy Feb 6 '14 at 11:33
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    Turns out that using a greasemonkey script will ameliorate this: $('.post-taglist').clone().prependTo($('#sidebar'));. Sad that's necessary tho. – Andy Feb 8 '14 at 14:17
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    -1 for using freehand rectangles instead of circles... – Braiam Feb 10 '14 at 0:52
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    Please bring these tag buttons back! StackOverflow's interface is far less usable to me without them, and I find myself contributing content less since they are gone. – John Dibling Feb 10 '14 at 15:51
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    Bring back the tags! Or move them to the top-left (where there is nothing!) if it makes you feel better. Er, maybe not, I don't think my OCD would be able to handle them on the left after so long of having them on the right. – codeMagic Feb 10 '14 at 19:14
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    @JeremyTunnell: When is this experiment going to end? I want my tags back! – John Dibling Feb 12 '14 at 17:14
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    They serve as quick references back to the tagged section. Very useful to me. I use it frequently while I am editing questions of a particular tag. Just edit and click. Please bring them back :( – Narendra Pathai Feb 14 '14 at 0:06

The test has completed, and we've decided not to bring these tags back. Making something more prominent by duplicating it is really not the right way to go.

Tag clicks are only down 15%, but the extra right sidebar space has bumped hot questions performance quite a bit and also answers as a result.

However, we do want to make the current tags on the question more prominent and move them to an easier location.

Any suggestions are welcome. We will be checking in some improvements to the current tags in the next few weeks.

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    Would you consider adding back some way to tell how commonly used each tag on a question is, without having to click all of them? Maybe add the number of questions using the tag into the tag info popup? – Ilmari Karonen Feb 26 '14 at 17:29
  • -1: Not a fan of this decision at all. It seems like you've made this change in the pursuit of academic purity, disregarding any real-world impact the change would have. I, for one, have noticed myself contributing far less to Stanck Overflow simply because the SO interface is now too difficult for me to use. My time is precious. If you make me spend that time hunting around for some silly button I have to push, I'll spend that time doing something else. – John Dibling Feb 28 '14 at 14:28
  • @IlmariKaronen Yes, most likely will do that – Jeremy T Feb 28 '14 at 16:47
  • @JohnDibling We don't do anything for academic purity. I just don't think it's defensible to have the same element twice on the page just because, but we also verified it with metrics. Were going to try hard to move the tags somewhere that will make everybody happy. – Jeremy T Feb 28 '14 at 16:49
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    @JeremyT: You ignored an important metric provided during the tests: user feedback. If you want to move them somewhere that makes everyone happy, they need to be in the same exact place near the top of every page, regardless of question content. – John Dibling Feb 28 '14 at 17:29
  • BTW, my reference above to "Stanck Overflow," while amusing, was a typo. – John Dibling Feb 28 '14 at 17:31
  • @IlmariKaronen The number of questions has been added to the tag info popup. – Jeremy T Apr 15 '14 at 15:08

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