I hope I have come to the right place to for this kind of question.

When I click certain tags I know have questions in them they are displays as 0 questions. For example I clicked the as3 tag which I have as an interesting tag. I know there are questions in there.

Same thing with actionscript3, totally empty. Even if you click through stats, newest, featured, hot, votes and active - it says 0 questions. BUT when I click the flex tag, it shows the questions and then if I click as3 in the "related tags" box it shows all the questions in as3.

I am just being totally stupid and doing something wrong or have all the questions just disapeared in the "interesting tags" section?


3 Answers 3


I believe the list of tags (and their question counts) is updated as a regular job, whereas the set of questions is queried "live" when you click on a tag.

So if someone has been retagging as3 to actionscript3 for example, the tag will still appear for a while, but without any questions when you click on it.

  • I was going to answer this with the guess that it was due to a tag-merge and the totals didn't refresh yet but I was unsure if that merge operation had actually taken place. Based on what Joel C says, that appears to be the case.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 13:32
  • Thank you, Jon. Makes perfect sense Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 13:56
  • Which reminds me... we must take away that spare multi[-]threading badge of yours at some point! Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 14:11
  • Nooo! I'm sure Jeff mentioned that once badges were awarded they couldn't be removed...
    – Jon Skeet
    Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 14:14
  • Well, at one point there was a "recalc badges" button in the moderator tools; I never used it, and it seems to have disappeared... so I can't steal it back ;-p But Jeff has noticed it, so don't be shocked if it evaporates one night... Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 14:17
  • Now the truth comes out - it's a conspiracy to steal my precious badges!
    – Jon Skeet
    Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 14:20
  • I can imagine you as the wee Leprechaun from the Lucky charms adverts. "They're after me badges!" Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 14:26
  • Damn, he's onto us. Jon! look over there! somebody is misquoting the C# spec! And they've called it C#.NET 2008 3.5! [quick everyone - grab what you can before he notices] Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 14:27

It looks like those tags were merged under the new 'actionscript-3' tag. New questions should now only this tag, and not the other two.

You can find more info of these mass-retags here:

  • Yes, you are totally right. Thanks Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 14:00

There has been a lot of re-tagging lately. Where possible, I've tried to use the tools to migrate the data such that the old tag is deleted, but this has not always been possible.

Apologies for any confusion.

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