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I'm unable to get rid of a filter that goes by the name of "My Filter". This is the default name you get when you click on New Filter. There's a clickable "Delete this filter", which leads to a confirmation question on whether you really want to delete it. Clicking "Yes" leads you back to the "New Filter" Screen, with a new filter named "My Filter".

I don't know whether this is the same filter I was just trying to get rid of, or whether it got rid of the old one, and now is making a new one with the same old name. Either way, I'm stuck.

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    I can reproduce this, both with "My Filter" and "My Filter (2)". I also tried deleting another filter (one that was for a now-burninated tag) which deleted it but created "My Filter (3)". It is clearly deleting and creating a new filter, since the number in the URL changes.
    – Laurel
    Mar 3, 2019 at 21:14
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    Same for me - deleting a filter does not work. I now have "My Filter" and "My Filter (2)".
    – Mark
    Apr 12, 2019 at 4:01
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    It's even older, I originally reported it in October 2018.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    May 17, 2019 at 18:59
  • Is there a workaround where you can remove ALL of your filters, including the good ones, and start over with a clean slate? Jul 2, 2019 at 12:48
  • Has there been any progress on this? Mar 1, 2021 at 16:35
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    @WalterMitty nope: i.stack.imgur.com/kAADx.png but I put a bounty on it to get some more eyes on it. Hopefully one eye belongs to an SE dev or a CM ...
    – rene
    Jun 6, 2021 at 19:13
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    @rene The current roadmap is more along the lines of remove filters from stackexchange.com entirely and put them somewhere else. I'm not familiar enough to know where that progress is. But this bug would likely be fixed in the process of completing that work.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jun 7, 2021 at 5:45
  • @animuson almost year later, any update? Apr 19 at 8:13

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Adding details in hopes of getting developer attention.

Reproducing the issue from a clean state.

I believe this may be how to reproduce this issue. I can't verify, because I'm already in the broken state.

  1. Start with at least 1 existing, valid filter (with tags and everything).
  2. Click New Filter.
  3. Instead of finishing that filter, click on the existing, valid filter.
  4. Delete the existing, valid filter.
  5. There should be a My Filter in the reloaded page, even though you never finished creating it. Try to delete My Filter now.
  6. This might be what spawns My Filter (2). (Not as sure about this part.)

Reproducing the issue from the broken state.

However one gets to the broken state, one can easily keep reproducing more and more My Filters simply by clicking New Filter while viewing an existing, valid filter.

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Does finishing the creation of those filters allow them to be deleted? (No.)

These are screenshots from before I created a bunch of My Filters. This is what you see when looking at My Filter.

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If we finish creating the filter, can we delete it? Let's make it into a filter...

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Clicking "Save Changes"...

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Clicking "edit" and "delete this filter"...

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Huh? The page reloads and My Filter is back.

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I've also tried finishing the creation of all the My Filters, in case having any unfinished filter was causing the issue. No luck.

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I did a mistake and clicked "New Filter" button too many times so I found some temporary solution to "delete" not needed "New Filter" from my sight: it is uBlock Origin extension for my browser.

I used uBO's filters to hide "New Filter" position in menu and "New Filter" button to not click it by accident. My current and working uBO filters are:

stackexchange.com##li:nth-of-type(5)
stackexchange.com##[href="/filters/new"]

First line hides "New Filter" (it's 5th one in my case), second line hides "New Filter" button.

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