When I go to the front page of Stack Overflow, I normally hold down ctrl and hit each of my tags so I can pull up a different browser tab for each tag that I have in my "Interesting tags" section. About every third time I go through this sequence, I accidentally hit the 'x' next to a tag and delete the tag. If I had an option to lock the tags (or a tag was somehow slightly more difficult to accidentally delete) I could avoid this annoyance.


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Perhaps the tags should only be editable from the user profile? Or one can add tags on the main page, but go to the user profile to remove them (or adjust their order, which I believe has been requested before).

  • This seems logical to me.
    – Milhous
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 2:42

You could completely remove the 'x' buttons by Ad-blocking the rule

stackoverflow.com##div#interesting-tags span.delete-tag

The tag can still be removed from "Interesting Tags" by going to the tag's page, mouse-over on that tag, and click the ★ at the top-left corner in the info box.

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    +1 working like a charm - still suggest it is implemented anyway, especially as Jeff blogged about exactly this sort of problem codinghorror.com/blog/2010/03/the-opposite-of-fitts-law.html
    – jk.
    Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 10:48
  • Now what a shame that I have to enable AdBlock on SO instead of them removing an obvious UI defect. I have accidentally deleted favorite tags so often that it's not funny anymore. Commented Aug 28, 2012 at 20:53
  • This solution is interesting, because I installed adblock for this bug and now I don't see SO's ads anymore. I didn't have adblock installed before.. Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 21:44

The specific behavior that I use to open up the tags is to press the ctrl key and then hit each of my favorite'd tags. This causes firefox/chrome to open up each tag page in a new tab while not changing focus to the new tab. Similarly the shift key causes a link to open up in a new window.

I'm not sure if javascript supports this, but one specific fix to this issue would be to only delete a tag if neither the ctrl key nor the shift key are pressed.

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