Since Adobe tags (which I'm totally not interested in) now are screaming for attention with colorful icons, I tried to add them to my ignored tags. They are added to the ignored list, but the questions containing them are not actually displayed with the changed style. (Example: "actionscript")

Directly after adding a tag it seems to work, but after a reload questions with the tag stop being marked as ignored.

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    Oh no. Colorful icons. It's the end of the world...
    – Luke
    Sep 30, 2009 at 6:34
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    Well, I understand that you like them as red markers next to your favorite tags. If these tags would be my favorites I would also like them. But since I don't know anything about flash/... and also have no interest in learning about it they merely distracts me from more interesting things.
    – sth
    Sep 30, 2009 at 7:01
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    Sure. I understand that. How about this. The construction of this website takes a lot of time, effort and therefore money. You can use it totally for free, no obligations what so ever. Would it be possible for you to put up with a couple of "colorful icons" next to your tags in return? Or is it something you really need to complain about?
    – Luke
    Oct 1, 2009 at 0:18
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    @Luke: Well, how about this: Adding and updating the content on this site takes a lot of time and effort. They get it from us (the community) totally for free, no obligations what so ever. would it be possible for them to let us disable those "colorful icons" next to our tags in return? Or is this something that really needs to be "in our face" all the time?
    – fretje
    Oct 1, 2009 at 8:51

5 Answers 5


This is fixed and will be rolled out in tomorrow's push.

The new image added a space when jQuery's .text() was called, so I wrapped that call in a $.trim.

I <3 jQuery!

  • Hoorah for upset citizens!
    – random
    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:32
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    It looks like my timing is as good as always Sep 30, 2009 at 8:33
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    @Jarrod: it's still not working. I have flash ignored, but still see flash questions.
    – user27414
    Oct 2, 2009 at 16:35
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    It's still not working for me - Oct 6th.
    – Matt Lacey
    Oct 6, 2009 at 10:06
  • Yeah still not working for me either. Oct 13, 2009 at 23:27
  • What browsers is the ignored functionality not working in? Oct 14, 2009 at 0:10
  • Of course - it would have to be IE - shakes fist Oct 14, 2009 at 0:15
  • dev.jquery.com/ticket/2690 - IE doesn't include &nbsp; in its regex matching for \s - I guess we go with a work-around until jQuery fixes that bug. Oct 14, 2009 at 0:46
  • Actually, I got rid of the underlying issue - next push will fix this for all browsers. Oct 14, 2009 at 1:25
  • @Jarrod - Check my answer on this question, I made a slightly more streamlined version of that whole function.
    – gnarf
    Jan 23, 2010 at 1:38

Edit: workaround, use wildcards. Remember that the extra space at the start is blocking the match, so enter *flash to block flash, *actionscript-3 etc.

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    Nice. It also makes the icon go away in the list of ignored tags. Is there a description of the syntax somewhere?
    – starblue
    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:36

It looks like the bug is in the getTagsSelector() function, when the text is obtained for tags with embedded images there is a leading space, resulting in a class of ".t- flex" (rather than ".t-flex", I threw together a GreaseMonkey script to test removing the space and it seems to work.

i.e. replace:

    b+="div.tags:regex(class, t-"+a.replace(/\*/g,".*")+"),"
} else{


    b+="div.tags:regex(class, t-"+a.replace(/\*/g,".*")+"),"
} else{

There is probably a neater way


If it's part of the ad terms/contract to have the tag not hidden even if it's listed on a user's ignore list, it's branding and advertising to an uninterested crowd.

Which is missing the point of the ignore/hidden tags. If they have no interest in seeing the tags, why would they now want to see the tag with sponsorship?

Forces it down the throat of the wrong market. The targeting has failed in this case.

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    "If it's part of the ad terms/contract to have the tag not hidden even if it's listed on a user's ignore list" -- really? Come on now... do you really think we'd do something like that? Give us some credit now... sheesh. Sep 30, 2009 at 6:24
  • Count this answer off the starting gun. But the rest still rings true.
    – random
    Sep 30, 2009 at 7:27

I know this has already been fixed, but I just ended up fixining it on my own StackExchange... I also rewrote the getTagsSelector() function to be a little more streamlined. Perhaps Jarrod will learn to love jQuery a bit more:

function getTagsSelector(jPrefs) {
  var replacements = {
    '#': 'ñ',
    '+': 'ç',
    '.': 'û'
  // jPrefs is a jQuery set
  return jPrefs.map(function() {
    var tag = $(this).text().replace(/(\s+|\xa0|#|\+|\.)/g, function(match) {
      if (replacements.hasOwnProperty(match)) return replacements[match];
      return '';
    if (tag.indexOf('*')>-1) {
      return "div.tags:regex(class,t-"+tag.replace(/\*/g, ".*")+")";
    return "div.t-"+tag;

EDIT noting Jarrod's comment about &nbsp; not being matched by \s - I added \xa0 to the match for replacements

  • My post on meta.se about this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3916/…
    – gnarf
    Jan 23, 2010 at 1:41
  • Interestingly enough, my function seems to take a fraction of a ms longer, but It looks cooler shrugs -- quite a bit of it is locked up in the jQuery .map function -- the total performace seems to be about .1ms (~20%) slower than the other way for... not that much time is spent in this function anyway... was just bored :)
    – gnarf
    Jan 24, 2010 at 10:51

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