In the old pop-up when you hovered over a tag in the question list, there was a link to add to favorites and a link to ignore the tag. In the new design of this pop-up, there's a star to add to favorites, but there is no icon or link to ignore.

Could we add an ignore link? I always liked this when someone asks a question about an obscure technology I don't work with. It was very easy to just add that question to the ignore list and move on.

I miss it.

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    Yep this will be nice re-feature. Mar 30, 2011 at 21:54
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    I don't know how much more I can publicize this except to keep putting a bounty on it. I would think it would be easy to get this feature back in. Apr 20, 2011 at 16:29
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    Maybe it was removed for a reason.. surprised nobody from "the team" said anything yet. Anyhow the bounty and 23 votes should be enough to draw attention. :-) Apr 21, 2011 at 7:09
  • I bet it was removed for the same reason that anything making it too easy to delete files from your disk might get removed. The down side of accidentally clicking it was too high. Last time I tried to search for a java question, and I had the "java" tag ignored, I still got lots of java question results, just not the ones that were properly tagged. But they appeared and then quickly disappeared. Talk about weird. Apr 26, 2011 at 21:11
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    Well, if it was removed for a reason, it should be pretty easy for someone to pop in here and share. Ten weeks and three bounties later, there's nothing. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:04
  • @Warren surely it's easy to unignore a tag that you've accidentally ignored though. If not maybe that should be another feature request.
    – Belinda
    Apr 29, 2011 at 12:07
  • main reason we removed this was to avoid a cluttered UI
    – waffles
    May 3, 2011 at 7:42
  • @waffles: just put a "mute sound" button behind the word followers, that wouldn't clutter and is pretty intuitive... May 4, 2011 at 7:34
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    So there is a "faq", "info", and "top users" link, but we can't just get an "ignore tag" put in there? There's plenty of room. It helps promote the fact that this functionality is available, and makes it easy to ignore. The other option is to go to the right column, scroll down through my whole list of ignored tags, and actually type the name of the tag in - hoping I get the spelling right. May 4, 2011 at 13:46
  • Yes a mute button to ignore the tag would go nicely at the top beside the number of followers or at the bottom beside the links without making things too cluttered IMO.
    – Belinda
    May 5, 2011 at 11:20

2 Answers 2


We're looking at having a tri-state for the star:

(⃠ or a plain old × I guess)

click it to change between the three?

  • Sounds good to me! When there's something strange, in your neighborhood. Who you gonna call? Jeff Atwood! Jun 3, 2011 at 9:56
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    @Erick, just in case you missed this: this has been implemented. And some nice screenshots in Idea For Ignored Tags.
    – Arjan
    Dec 16, 2011 at 22:48
  • Yeah, I saw that. Thanks! Dec 19, 2011 at 14:27
  • I don't see these options anymore: were they removed again for some reason? Aug 14, 2013 at 22:13
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    This is really not intuitive. The user doesn't know what the star does without looking at the tooltip. I think a lot more users would be using this feature if they knew it existed.
    – Daniel
    Oct 3, 2013 at 15:49
  • Three state is not intuitive. As people already pointed out... I strongly recommend you return to the old, plain-simple "ignore" (tag) link at the bottom of the popup frame. I came here because I was searching the SO to find out how can I ignore tag like I used to do before...
    – DejanLekic
    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:11

I'm not sure what the reason that this isn't implemented is, but since there doesn't appear to be a route to update the ignored list in the same way as the star updates the favorites list, it's not as simple as just dropping in the link.

It still seemed like people might find it useful to have though, so since you hadn't gotten too much feedback on this yet I went ahead and wrote a userscript that adds this functionality. In addition to the favorite star, there's now an ignore radioactivity symbol*:

Tag popup with link to ignore the tag selected

Once I'm more confident that it works reliably (and I successfully avoid getting scolded for scraping the user preferences tab) I'll write up a post for it over on StackApps. In the meantime, if you want to test it out, here's the information:

install / update scriptview source

*I'm open to suggestions on this one. I wanted a "No Entry" unicode symbol originally, but the ones that I found didn't seem to be well-supported.

  • +1 Brilliant! Now, I don't understand why this is too cluttered, but whatever. I love it. Thanks! May 30, 2011 at 13:58

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