Every now and then, I update my IGNORE tags lists on stackoverflow so it's easier to browse questions that I might know something about and be able to help with.

If I don't use the IGNORE list, I have to do a ton of scrolling & reading through question pages...

So using the IGNORE list is helpful, but it's still tedius. For example, if I want to ignore Joomla, since I have nothing to contribute to questions about Joomla, I have to ignore all of the following tags:

   - Joomla
   - Joomla1.5
   - Joomla-sef-urls
   - Joomla-template

And in addition to those, any new tags folks might create in the future -- Joomla2, Joomla3, etc.

Could it be possible to have a tag structure where, using the example above, "Joomla" would be the parent tag, and all of the others (Jooma1.5, etc.) would be identified by their creator as child-tags of Joomla. And then, have the ability to ignore Joomla and all of it's children in one step?

Besides allowing users to ignore parents and all of their children, I can see this helping people to search for parents and all of their children as well, all in one swipe.

The parent/child structure could be multi-leveled -- e.g., Gread-grandparent --> Grandparent --> Parent --> Child; just however it made sense for ignoring or searching for entire groups / sub-groups.

Maybe you'd need a new rep step, for folks to have the ability to group tags they didn't create or something.


This is already answered -- but it does lead me to wondering about parents/children with different names. For example, there's a tag for 'ASP.NET', and there's a tag for 'gridview'. This kind of parent/child relationship isn't found using wildcards. I don't think it's a big deal per my original question though -- the wildcard has helped a lot! But it might not be a replacement for relationships.

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    Have you tried ignoring joomla*?
    – mmyers
    Aug 12, 2010 at 16:20
  • one way to solve this would be renaming some tags, i.e. 'gridview' --> 'asp.net-gridview'
    – Shep
    Apr 21, 2012 at 10:59

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Why don't you just ignore joomla*?

More on Wildcards are available on the blog here and in the FAQ here

  • Because I'm not smart enough to think of that. :-) I'll mark your answer in 10 minutes...
    – dave
    Aug 12, 2010 at 16:23
  • @dave I added the links to the entries regarding using the feature. Aug 12, 2010 at 16:25

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