We rolled out some improvements for how you track the topics you are interested in for your favorite Q&A sites. This feature used to be called Favorite Tags. We are renaming it Tag Watching. Naming is hard, but we think this better captures the value of the feature. There were a number of confusing elements to the old feature. We've attempted to clear these up and refocus the user experience on the core functionality.
This feature is live as of today (07/26/2018) on all sites. We turned this on for all sites earlier than expected so that we could do some code cleanup.
- On boarding: new users are introduced to tag watching and how it can help them
- Cleaner pop up: new pop up is more focused on the key actions.
- Notifications: When watching a tag you're prompted to set up notifications, if desired. Also, changing notification settings will be supported when you edit your watched tags in the right side bar.
Many users don't actually favorite any/many tags. Part of this is likely due to fact that we never explained why you should bother. In the old system all you saw was:
Tag Favorites on boarding
Now you see a description of the value tag watching provides.
Tag pop up
Our old tag pop up was very comprehensive and confusing. So many options. Watching/ignoring a tag was a tristate button (those are never a good option). An every action is essentially presented on equal footing. This makes it really hard for new users to understand what they can/should do.
The new pop up is focused on two primary actions (watch or ignore tag) and two minor actions (view tag, access RSS).
Notifications (coming later)
We have some work to make the notifications scale to SO. So, while these improvements are live for Teams users, they will be enabled later (timing TBD) for SO and the rest of the network.
With the old system watching a tag and getting notifications were two separate steps. With the new experience, you will be prompted to set your notifications when you watch a tag.
Also, changing your notifications will be integrated into the experience of editing your watched tags.
As usual, we are happy to hear your constructive feedback. Feel free to post an answer below if you think of an improvement.