I recently posted a message and someone edited my message, but all they did was reorder the tags I had already used.

(Edit: they did actually correct one, I just noticed)

Is there any benefits to the order in which you add tags? personally I thought there wasn't any weighting?

  • I just tested it on this question. They definitely auto-order the tags. – jjnguy Feb 3 '11 at 22:41

They did not just rearrange your tags, they changed one of them slightly.

And, no, the order doesn't matter. (The site will auto-order the tags for you according to tag popularity.)

See the slight difference between and .

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  • @jjnguy: just noticed that myself, but they did reorder, razor was my first tag. – Luke Duddridge Feb 3 '11 at 22:38
  • @Luke, the order doesn't matter, and the reason the tags were reordered I'm sure was because the site auto sorts the tags by use. So tags with more use go first on the post. – jjnguy Feb 3 '11 at 22:39
  • ah I see. Thanks for the info. – Luke Duddridge Feb 3 '11 at 22:43
  • @jball, thanks for the edit. – jjnguy Feb 3 '11 at 22:48
  • @jjinguy I don't know if you should encourage my OCD behaviour with gratefulness :) – jball Feb 3 '11 at 22:49
  • Didn't know that, so they just put the most popular one on the <title>? – Trufa Feb 3 '11 at 22:50
  • @Trufa, yeah. They make sure the popular tag is in the title. And they order tags by popularity. – jjnguy Feb 3 '11 at 22:52
  • @jjnguy cool! +1 thanks! – Trufa Feb 3 '11 at 22:54

Tags are ordered by frequency from left to right.

On metas, the mod-only tag, if present, will always be on the far left followed by any required tags.

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  • I just noticed a revision history that shows a changed order of tags: [self-answer] [discussion] into the order described above: [discussion] [self-answer]. So: am I right to assume that tags are ordered when saving? (Rather than when rendering?) – Arjan Feb 4 '11 at 17:18
  • @arjan correct they are ordered at time of save – Jeff Atwood Feb 4 '11 at 21:23

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