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What do icons on the tags mean?

What does an icon on the tag mean, for example the "rg" before the sql-server tag as pictured below? Return to FAQ index
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Tab for questions that are labeled with favorite tags

Why don't we have a Tab that shows only questions for our favorite tags, showing recent first? I keep having to scroll down the page to find the questions I'm interested in. It'd be like the ...
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What are tag synonyms and merged tags? How do they work?

What are tag synonyms? How can tag synonyms be distinguished from "real" tags? How are new tag synonyms created? Who can create tag synonyms? How can I delete/reverse/undo bad tag synonyms? What are ...
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When should I create a new tag? How do I request a new tag if I don't have enough rep?

Can someone please create the tag foo on our site? We need to have it because Foo is a recent/upcoming release / edition / model / episode of a popular, established OS / board game / bike brand /...
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What do “watched tags” and “ignored tags” do?

What are watched tags and ignored tags? How do they work? What are tag subscriptions? What are interesting tags? On Stack Overflow, the content of the main page question list appears to be influenced ...
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How can we get rid of misspelled and unused (or “zombie”) tags?

During the re-tagging of questions, tags sometimes become orphaned from existing questions. Are these zombie tags ever removed from the tags list? What if a tag is misspelled and needs to be removed?...
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Should questions include “tags” in their titles?

I've seen questions edited to remove the language name from the title. Won't search engines - and folks using search engines - have an easier time finding them if these "tags" are kept as part of the ...
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New users can't create new tags: show a singular or plural message?

The same error message is shown if a user (without sufficient rep) tries to add one tag or several:
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Could the tagging system be enhanced to support tag synonyms?

Quite often Transact SQL questions get tagged as t-sql when the convention now is to tag as tsql. However, no matter how hard you can try to educate users that the 'correct' tag is tsql, you're ...
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Search [tag1] OR [tag2]

Is there a way to search questions that are tagged with either tag1 or tag2? Actually, I would like the general filter, ([tag1] AND [tag2], ...) OR ([tag3] AND [tag4], ...) OR ... And even [...
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How do I correctly tag my questions?

Here are some tips for tagging questions. These guidelines will help you more accurately tag your questions, which in turn will help them get more attention and lead to better answers faster. For ...
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Should We Zap The Low-Occurrence Tags? [closed]

I just looked on SO, and found that there are about 12,880 tags with only a single use. There are 26,250 used less than 10 times. That's just too many for the community to fix. I think we need some ...
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Implement a Tag Black List

Based on my answer here, I would like to propose the implementation of a tag black list. The black list should contain a list of tags that should NOT be used on the site and disallow people with ...
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How do I search for questions with (or without) specific tags?

How do I search for questions with specific tags? How do I search for questions that have specific tags? How do I search for questions that contain specific text, as well as specific tags? Are there ...
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Migrate shortlist based on tags?

Would it be a good idea to change the migration destination sites based on the question tags? The new migrate option allows one to select from a limited number of destination sites. This group of ...
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Can we allow 7.5K users to suggest tag synonyms without a score of 5 in the tag?

Feature Request: Could 7.5K users have the privilege of proposing synonyms without the 5 upvotes per tag requirement? (in other words unrestricted synonym suggestion) Background: I would like to be ...
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Is there some markup to post tags?

I am wondering because I was editing my profile and I though it would be nice to put the languages I know and stuff like tags. Is it possible to post a tag? If it's not, do you think it's possible to ...
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Create a tag homepage/FAQ

Create or allow for a community-wiki editable home page per tag. One where we could place essentially the tag-specific FAQ and other tag-specific links. Imported from uservoice
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Can we prevent titles with an unnecessary tag in them?

So we have lots of questions that are titled like this: c++ : Failing the template function lookup Specifically, questions that have one of their tags in front of their title. Thankfully, these ...
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Could we make tags imply other tags?

The prime example is C# and .Net. 95% of C# questions are also tagged .Net. The reverse isn't the case so it's not a synonym. Basically, C# is a child of .Net. Would it be possible to create some ...
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Allow us to filter Suggested Edits and Review section by tag

I've had the ability to review suggested edits for a while now, however I don't often do so because the list is usually full of questions about languages and technologies I'm not familiar with or not ...
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A proposal for tag hierarchy on Stack Exchange sites

Executive summary Introduction of sparse hierarchy (partial inheritance relation) into the set of tags on Stack Exchange sites, in order to allow more efficient question organization/filtering/...
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Tag scores have not updated; script did not run

The tag scores script has not ran at the scheduled time of 03:00 UTC for a number of days. Here are some other reports of this: Is there a problem with tag score calculation? Tag counts ...
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Move the remove tag “X” icon inside the tag in interesting/ignored tags

Currently, the list of tags in "ignored tags" and "interesting tags" has a little "remove tag" icon to the right of each tag. However, since this icon is not inside the div containing the tag, it can ...
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Tag info not updated regularly on profile?

From my previous question, I learned that all tag related info on profile will be updated daily at UTC 03:00. However, something is wrong here. It's now UTC 05:00+, but my tag number, say 93 (c++) is ...
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What *currently* happens to zombie tags? [duplicate]

I've been doing some retagging on Super User lately, and the tag page still shows the old, crusty, now-orphaned tags. Worse, these tags are still available via the tag autocompletion, reporting their ...
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Kill the Retag option, use just Edit

I am a 1500* high rep SO user. As such, I've had the Retag ability for some time, but I'm not yet able to bypass the review queue for 'normal' edits. So, my feature-request is that for us 500 < ...
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RSS feed of your favorite tags

It would be nice if we could subscribe to an RSS feed of all the questions that match your 'favorite' tags i.e. an RSS feed of the questions that get highlighted as yellow when viewing the question ...
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Do we still need the Retag privilege?

Ever since suggested edits were rolled out, the Retag privilege has been a bit... Weird. You can retag questions at any rep-level, even with no rep (or account) at all - you just need a few people to ...
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What are the guidelines for using version-specific tags?

I believe that some of my questions were asked before but I didn't find any satisfying guidance. I just found only this question. I hope senior members will help me to understand the situation and use ...
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Implicit tagging hierarchy

I am aware of similar requests but I ask this regarding SE-2.0 sites, as the example I will take gaming: Both answers on the question Should questions always be tagged with either a console/platform ...
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Tag score calculation wrong in Android App

I checked yesterday and today the new homepage in the Android app. Very surprised I saw that I would almost reach a silver tag badge, that confused be because I always take a look on possible badges I ...
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Can I find out which tags I have created?

Can I find out which tags I have created? This would be interesting to know. The tags could be highlighted on the users page for example.
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Should I retag a question with a tag that is based on the answer and not the question?

Here's a scenario: Someone asked about "How to build a SQL query to get count and blah blah blah..." His only tag is mysql. I added the sql and count tags to it. Someone else answered with a nice ...
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Tags in spoilers are always visible

Tags in spoilers are always visible, even if you don't put your mouse on the spoiler (on this Code Golf answer for example). See the screenshot: Looks a bit strange on this site too:
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Filtering questions by multiple tags

I know you can select a tag and then click on unanswered to view the unanswered questions for that tag. But is there a way to view questions only for a certain set of tags > 1 tag? Mainly I'd like ...
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Introduce sub-communities (or “Portals”) to prevent fragmentation

There often are complaints from smaller and niche areas in the field of programming that their needs aren't met on SO. The most frequent complaints include: Users from niche tags can be brilliant, ...
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I accidentally created a tag. How do I delete it? [duplicate]

I attempted to ask a question regarding "object-role-modeling" (it's a design methodology that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it should). Unfortunately, when I wrote the question, I made a ...
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It should be possible to retag a question without bumping it to the front page

While bumps are generally good, there are niche cases where they are harmful: I recently decided I would consolidate two tags on Stack Overflow: "openoffice" and "openoffice.org". They refer to ...
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Would it be feasible to tie the tags of a new question to the Related Questions list?

Duplicate questions are still rampant on SOFU, despite the Related Questions list. Feature Request I propose that in order to display more relevant questions in the list, the tags given for the new ...
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A real solution to ambiguous tags

Introduction Even within a site's relatively focused range of topics (it's unlikely anybody on SO will think sun refers to the solar system's star), some tags are inherently ambiguous. There are ...
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Email notifications for new questions matching specific tags

Is there a way to configure your Stack Overflow account so that you receive notification emails when posts are made to specific tags? Or do you simply have to log on to see new posts?
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Can newsletters take into account a user's favorite tags on that site?

Stack Overflow is huge and varied. Wouldn't it be great if I could just subscribe to a newsletter with a list of my favorite tags? If I love dealing with android, I think it would make sense for my ...
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Tags with usability problems - app.config and web.config [closed]

When I'm trying to see all the questions tagged web.config or app.config I'm sent to an URL like: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/web.config which shows an XML parsing error: XML Parsing ...
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Official repository of tag synonyms [closed]

The purpose of this page has been obsoleted by the implementation of the tag synonym feature request. See the list of currently implemented tag synonyms. Purpose I think it would be a good idea ...
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Tag-badges exploit [closed]

Like everyone else I've been reading bobince's outbreak about parsing html with regex with great amusement. When I read in the comments that bobince had been awarded two gold badges (html and regex) ...
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Why do we tag questions?

My question—my meta-question as the case may be—concerns the purpose of these words referred to as "tags". Let me be clear: I use tags. The site supports them, so why shouldn't I? My understanding of ...
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Can Stack Exchange follow a more generic approach?

I have been a member of Stack Overflow for almost a year and a half. Recently I've also registered for SuperUser, Programmers.SE and WebApps.SE. But now I am getting a bit confused maintaining so many ...
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How to handle tags with multiple meanings? [duplicate]

The tagging system doesn't support (as far as I know) a tag to be "separated" into two tags. For example, the Flex tag on SO currently has questions on Flex and Flex. I'm sure there are more tags that ...
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Warning or confirmation on new tag creation

In retrospect of this massive cleanup operation, I would like to ask the community how they feel about a warning or confirmation (or just special highlighting) on new tag creation. Everybody hates ...