For the longest time my ignored tags have been working but today they are not.

They work on the home page but not the /questions page. However, if you choose the "Gray out questions" option then that fails.

Arqade is the only site I've ever had a long-standing ignore list so I don't think I can blame cache.

The same behavior seems to be exhibited on Stack Overflow but I added those ignore tags just moment ago so cache could be an issue.

If it matters, I am using Chrome x64 v91.0.4472.77 on Windows 10

Via comments, this issue has been confirmed for Watched Tags as well.

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Sorry about that. What happened here: the favorites/ignored feature is implemented client-side; a UI tweak changed the DOM in a way that broke the jQuery selector, meaning that it no longer found the tag data. I've put a PR together that fixes this - we'll get it deployed as soon as we can (after validation, etc).

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    Although it risks being perceived as rude and snarky, I have to ask anyway: is the validation of which you speak something new that is being developed, or was it there when the initial "UI tweak" was deployed? If it was there, why did the validation process not catch the regression created by the change to the DOM? Can the validation process be improved? This is not the first time that a UI tweak has broken features on SO. I realize that maintaining a site this large is far from trivial, but that's why validation is so important. I have not previously seen reference to it being done. Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 10:02
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    @CodyGray I understand your point, and we're always looking to improve things; our server-side testing story is a lot better than our client-side testing story, which is a large part of why this got through. I believe the UI folks have plans here, but ultimately: I'm mostly a server-side person, so I won't opine too strongly here. They don't let me near crayons much. Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 10:05
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    That's probably for the best. If you're anything like me, you'd probably end up just trying to eat the crayons. :-) Yeah, most of these regressions we see and complain about are strictly client-side. Even with the little bit that I know about this client-side stuff, I can see how it would be harder to validate. Incidentally, it looks like another regression has just occurred where system fonts are no longer being used on MSE or MSO. (Styles are actually different from SO.) Could that somehow be related to this fix? Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 10:11
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    Those pesky front-enders only want to be Angular or React-ful or Coffeebean Script or whatever the latest trend is. Back in my day, we manipulated the DOM and abused slideToggle(), uphill, both ways, and we liked it!
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 11:56
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    I see the stats has been marked as completed, but what happened to the question highlighting?
    – j08691
    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 16:53
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    @MarcGravell Should the highlighting be fixed? If so, it seems broken for a lot of us. Caches cleared and all.
    – j08691
    Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 12:53
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    I see it working now in tag filtered lists but not on main page
    – charlietfl
    Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 13:04
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    This is still broken on the Home page and severely hampered on any other page, maybe one out of 100 questions get highlighted on non-Home page lists.
    – Casey
    Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 17:33
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    FYI: "watched" tag highlighting is still 100% non-operational for me in Chromium (Chrome and Edge). I.e. I load the homepage, which defaults to "Interesting", and I see no posts highlighted, in spite of numerous ones having tags that I've included in the "watched" tags settings. If there is something that users are expected to do following the update to correct the problem, it would be useful to include that information here. If it should "just work" after the fix, then it's not fixed yet. Commented Jun 12, 2021 at 21:25
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    @Peter OK, I'm pinging the team who delivered this feature... it genuinely wasn't me this time Commented Jun 12, 2021 at 22:56
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    @MarcGravell Stupid question: Source Control + Feature branch + rollback, yes? If no, whhhhyyy was the feature allowed to be pushed to the main branch without testing?
    – Casey
    Commented Jun 13, 2021 at 0:27
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    @Casey respectfully: overlooking a side-effect in an unrelated feature doesn't mean it wasn't tested - it means that we're human and have finite resources; as for reverting: yes, possible, but that's a trade off between many factors, and a relatively minor client-side cosmetic failure - as undesirable as it is - can still be the better choice than a revert, partial or total, of a large set of changes which could have other unanticipated consequences. I've contacted the folks involved, and they're going to look again on Monday. Commented Jun 13, 2021 at 17:52
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    @Luuklag deploy going out now, btw Commented Jun 14, 2021 at 11:07
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    @PeterDuniho hopefully we should be good now! Commented Jun 14, 2021 at 11:07
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    Thanks @MarcGravell, looks fixed to me!
    – Luuklag
    Commented Jun 14, 2021 at 11:09

The same happens for me. I have a very long standing ignore list on SO, but as of now questions show up that should be ignored.

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    Wow, I feel silly for not knowing about wildcards, *minecraft*, all these years!
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 19:12
  • I don't really use Ignored Tags but I always assumed that they only work on the home page and not on /questions. No?
    – 41686d6564
    Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 19:48
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    @41686d6564 As far as I can remember it has worked in both locations. Albeit, it does seem to be filtering on the home page as of now. However, if you choose the "Gray out questions" option then that fails.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 19:52

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