Recently, the popup on hover on a tag was replaced by a larger, but less useful variant.

Especially as a mod, I often need to reference tag wikis to new users. With the "old version", the link to the tag's wiki was available directly from the popup. Now I need to open the list of tagged questions, wait for the page to load, just to be able to click the link to the tag wiki – which is, well, not efficient.

In return the popup now offers two buttons to subscribe or ignore a tag. Both actions one rarely uses – other than the links to a tag wiki, where one knows essential information (and references/links) have been accumulated.

So in short: I'd like to have the previous version back. At least optionally. Any hope?

PS: Now with the additional boxes, I feel the popups are really annoying:

Tag Popup

The "distracting part" now covers about 2/3 of the popup. I can't even remember when I last needed any of the 3 actions, let alone that frequent I'd like to have them there. IMHO those actions belong to the tag page itself, but not inside the tag popups. The only link I need from there is "view tag" – and for that I can simply click the tag itself. I'm really unhappy with the current state.

  • [tag:tags]tags
    – user202729
    Aug 9, 2018 at 13:14
  • Still not "tag info page", but it contains the tag excerpt.
    – user202729
    Aug 9, 2018 at 13:15
  • It shouldn't be too hard to write a user script that would allow you to do something like [tag/wiki:tags] to create a link to a tag wiki in the comments, especially if you start from the comment link helper. Aug 9, 2018 at 13:36
  • So I should rather hope for SOUP implementing it? Please don't get me wrong, but to me that new popup seems to be a step backwards.
    – Izzy
    Aug 9, 2018 at 14:03
  • What is SOUP? . Aug 10, 2018 at 8:57
  • @Dukeling Stack Overflow Unoffical Patch – and I've already opened an issue with them to ask for this.
    – Izzy
    Aug 10, 2018 at 10:29
  • I was more thinking one could create a script for that oneself. If it's a somewhat minor change, or similar to something else, that tends to be the fastest and most reliable way to get it done. But that does require some coding. Aug 11, 2018 at 9:44
  • And I cannot do that (the popup is loaded dynamically, it's not part of the original page source – and I have no idea at all how to deal with such stuff in UserScripts). If you write such a script, please let me know and I'd happily use it.
    – Izzy
    Aug 11, 2018 at 12:01
  • Do you happen to have a picture of the old version? I could have a go at making a userscript if you want :) Aug 11, 2018 at 17:21
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    I wish I had made a screenshot then, @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ – but I didn't. The "bubbles" were much smaller, had the numbers of followers + questions using it as header, followed by the excerpt, followed by a line of links to tag-wiki ("info"), frequent etc. questions. Ah, image-search \o/ Here you go: i.stack.imgur.com/Zb1TC.png and i.stack.imgur.com/fV0Fo.jpg
    – Izzy
    Aug 11, 2018 at 17:40
  • Thanks, I'll try having a look soon! Aug 11, 2018 at 18:16
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    It's I who has to thank, @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ! Besides: note the second screenshot additionally has the "star" and "edit", so it seems to be from a looged-in user. The first misses the star, which could mean "not logged in" (so it makes no sense to star anything). I wouldn't mind if you ignore that, though – if login is required for the functionality I'd expect it to be asked for by the site itself after having clicked the link :)
    – Izzy
    Aug 11, 2018 at 22:21
  • @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Done, But didn't you remove a comment too much – the one pointing to your UserScript?
    – Izzy
    Aug 27, 2018 at 5:42
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    @Izzy Yeah, I thought I'll repost it once it's fixed! Aug 27, 2018 at 11:54

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I've added a feature to my userscript Stack Overflow Extras (SOX) that adds a link to the wiki:

'wiki' link added to tag popup

To enable it, check the Add a link to the tag wiki page on the popup that appears when hovering over a tag feature under the Appearance section!

SOX has a bunch of other optional toggleable features you might like too :)

Note: the old tag popup did have a link to the top users too, but I think the wiki link is the most important, and most commonly used!

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    Full ack (top users) – and thanks a lot! I had preferred a built-in solution by SE over installing "yet another UserScript" – but in a way I'm glad you've been faster. I start valuing several other features of your script, makes a mods life easier indeed :) +1 for now (on the topic), though the "accept" tick might move to a "native solution" if any comes. That's not rating your script, but the connection to the topic then :)
    – Izzy
    Sep 28, 2018 at 21:30
  • No problem! I agree userscripts will never be as good as it being native but hopefully SOX will make it worthwhile :P Sep 29, 2018 at 10:33
  • Also feel free to unaccept it, I have a feeling 'accepted' feature requests might not be looked at by the team! Sep 29, 2018 at 10:34
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    Good point. And it won't hurt your rep as this is meta ;)
    – Izzy
    Sep 30, 2018 at 9:40

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