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It would be nice if we could subscribe to an RSS feed of all the questions that match your 'favorite' tags i.e. an RSS feed of the questions that get highlighted as yellow when viewing the question list.

You can achieve a similar effect by combining tags as described here and here, however this is a pain to maintain, requiring the RSS URL to be edited in the feed reader if you start monitoring new tags, or stop monitoring old tags, also you have to worry about getting the syntax correct (c%23 instead of c# as an example).

It would be much nicer if we could simply subscribe to a URL such as:

https://stackoverflow.com/feeds/user/interesting/41301

Then you could change the tags that are included in that feed from the ‘prefs’ subsection of the user account area.

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There is a default tag filter on https://stackexchange.com but you must be logged in:

  1. Click "Filtered Questions" at the top
    stackexchange.com tagged questions, my filters (updated)
  1. Look for the default "Favorite Tags" filter.

default Favorite Tags filter

You can browse it in your browser, or have it emailed to you, or get the RSS feed at the bottom of the page (also present in the headers, too, if your browser auto-detects).

favorite tags RSS feed

  • It is now "Hot Questions" to "My filters". It would be cool to have this per site, too. – Raphael Mar 1 '12 at 17:44
  • It would be more useful if "ignored tags" overrode favorites and removed them from the feed. meta.stackexchange.com/q/112774/130885 – endolith Apr 17 '12 at 15:25
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    This looks outdated, can anyone please update this? I just don't find a way to get this feed. – jachguate Oct 7 '12 at 22:16
  • Im with @Raphael. It would be nice to have site per site. – oschrenk Nov 8 '12 at 21:33
  • @jachguate - click Tags, search for your tag, then hover over the tag until the context menu appears and click 'subscribe'... ack – bigassforce Dec 21 '13 at 15:41
  • I clicked on the RSS button and got a whole load of script but no updates. Did I miss something? – QHarr Feb 13 '18 at 8:03
  • @jeff-atwood — Am I missing something, or is this answer is way out-of-date? The new place to find the Favorite Tags RSS feed is, while logged in: Go to this page, and scroll to the bottom. That's the current location of the Favorite Tags Feed, correct? I try to avoid editing answers in general, but feels like either I've gotta be wrong, or else user #1's answers should either be off limits... (On the other hand, "Can I, can I ?!", it's the closest I've ever been to a celebrity!) – ashleedawg Feb 24 '18 at 9:31
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    @QHarr - Did you get it figured out? Do you have an RSS Reader installed? – ashleedawg Feb 24 '18 at 9:40
  • Someone else gave an updated answer pointing to where the button now is. – QHarr Feb 24 '18 at 9:44
  • @QHarr - According to this, it's best to edit outdated answers instead of creating a new one, especially if they're highly up-voted (and therefore "stuck" at the top of the list). – ashleedawg Feb 24 '18 at 9:49
  • @ashleedawg I have not been brave enough to edit answers yet! – QHarr Feb 24 '18 at 9:50
  • @QHarr - I've edited a couple, but not to change anything, only to supplement with links etc, which I was just about to post when they posted a similar solution. As for this one (as I'm not getting any other feedback) could you confirm: Jeff's answer no longer works, but mine (in my comment) does work, correct? – ashleedawg Feb 24 '18 at 11:27
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    @QHarr You would right-click the RSS link to get the URL, which you would paste into an RSS News aggregator. There are lots out there, both standalone or browser extensions. I just started using Simple RSS Reader for Firefox, which shows new questions in my toolbar. – ashleedawg Feb 24 '18 at 12:39
  • @ashleedawg I will try again Monday and see what happens. Many thanks! – QHarr Feb 24 '18 at 12:40
  • So yah... Firefox will happily deal with RSS feed automatically but Chrome you gotta go download a reader. – QHarr Jul 20 '18 at 17:13
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UPDATE

A solution has been implemented, but, since the cross-tag import process is for all of your Stack Exchance favorite tags, you can use my script to fetch the updated list of current favorite tags for specific Stack Exchange instances.

The script lives on bitbucket. Feel free to contribute.

Usage

Insert your user name, your user ID's and the Stack Exchange websites you want, e.g.:

user=mrucci
sxname=(stackoverflow.com serverfault.com superuser.com)
userID=(133106 25062 16752) 

then execute it:

$ ./sxsync.sh

And the output should be something like:

http://stackoverflow.com/feeds/tag/+or+c+or+opengl+or+graphics+or+latex+or+android+or+wmii+or+glut+or+opencv+or+3d+or+3dgraphics+or+beamer+or+wiimote+or+beginner
http://serverfault.com/feeds/tag/+or+linux+or+ubuntu+or+vim+or+rsync+or+gnome
http://superuser.com/feeds/tag/+or+linux+or+ubuntu+or+tiling+or+latex+or+beamer+or+vim+or+gvim+or+vimperator+or+script+or+bash+or+gimp+or+photoshop+or+inkscape+or+programming+or+blender+or+rsync
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    I really appreciate your effort but I do not see this as a viable solution - in fact you cannot use in Google Reader or something similar - you will have to re-subscribe each time you add a new tag. – sorin Dec 27 '09 at 9:00
  • True, but you don't have to manually recreate the rss feed url or adjust it by manually removing the no-more interesting tags and adding the new interesting tags. – mrucci Jan 5 '10 at 10:57
  • Is there a way to ignore tags? – endolith Apr 17 '12 at 15:31
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    Yes @endolith, you can simply add -tag to the list. For example: stackoverflow.com/feeds/tag/python+-django will give you all question tagged python but not django. – mrucci Apr 19 '12 at 15:15
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I don't know why it is so hard to add an RSS feed based on tags. I couldn't seem to follow @Jeff's directions and it seemed like too much trouble to run a script. However, taking a clue from @mrucci's answer and doing some more experimenting, I found a way to get the RSS feeds that I want without too much trouble.

The general format is

[stack exchange site]/feeds/tag/[your tag name](+[and|or]+[second tag name])

So since I wanted to get a feed for the android-layout tag I did

https://stackoverflow.com/feeds/tag/android-layout

You can also use the AND and OR operators by including +and+ and +or+ between the tag names. For example:

https://stackoverflow.com/feeds/tag/android-layout+and+relativelayout

https://stackoverflow.com/feeds/tag/android+or+ios+or+java+or+swift

Just enter addresses like these into your feed reader and you are good to go.

Update

After rereading the OP's question, I realized that my answer does not solve the question of getting all your current favorite tags with a single link. Sorry to the OP for that. However, the above method is as much as I needed and so I will leave my answer for others who come here with similar requirements.

  • This is really great anyway! Nowhere I found the "general" way to get this, only a single tag was usually shown, but I needed more :) – PascalVKooten May 31 '15 at 9:52
  • I found this very helpful and the easiest way to add in a feed, – M. Rizzo Jan 24 '17 at 17:27
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Go to this link: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/TAG, where TAG is your tag that you want to follow. Go to the bottom of the page and you'll see a link with this title: highest voted TAG questions feed

  • How is it what the OP wants? – Rishav May 20 '18 at 6:07

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