I initially posted this question (on a meta site where I was and still am a moderator) with the featured tag. The tag since then expired, and just now I tried adding it back. I used the “secret edit tags button”, which may or may not matter. Now the question is in a strange state: it doesn't have the featured tag

no featured tag in the question view

but the tag is there in the question editor!

featured tag in the editor

(I've refrained from further editing the question, in case investigation is needed.)

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    There's only one revision on that post. I rather suspect the tag isn't actually removed when it expires, but merely hidden (or perhaps removed from denormalized data somewhere). So neither the expiration nor your edit actually modified the original post... I wonder, can you simply remove and then re-add the tag manually?
    – Shog9
    Commented May 21, 2011 at 15:56
  • Seems related (reoccurring): Editing a site-meta post with an expired featured tag requires me to restore it
    – Rob
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 18:15
  • Since there is no firm confirmation that this behavior has actually disappeared, I'm moving to leave this open. Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 19:11
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog The way in which this is no longer reproducible is that auto-removal of the featured tag is now an edit, and this question was discussing the strange behavior of the tag being removed without creating a revision to mark its removal.
    – pppery
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 19:47
  • @pppery Ah, right, missed the answer (you don't see it in the Close Votes queue). Voted to close. Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 19:52
  • @pppery This affects posts that were magically unfeatured before it was an edit. So AFAIK this is still reproducible. The change only means that it won't affect any more posts than it does now. Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 21:45
  • @Gilles I don't believe there are any such questions remaining anymore. If there are, report them on the per-site meta. Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 21:30

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As Shog noted, no revision is created when the tag is removed from a question after 30 days.

(we do this because if we did not, every meta would be littered with dozens of forgotten "featured" questions over time.)

Thus, when you edit the revision, the tag is still there -- although it does not exist on the current view of the post. So in order to get it to appear, you'll need to make some other change to the tags.

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    I see. The UI is a bit confusing (when I clicked on the tag editor, featured wasn't there, and afterwards it was there, so the UI was telling me I'd added it). Technically a UI bug, but for a mods-only feature and only in rare cases. Commented May 21, 2011 at 20:33
  • (This also affects non-moderators, @Gilles & Jeff. And those then even can/MUST re-feature a post when editing... But this has been reported and surely will be fixed.)
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 15:33

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