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Ability to hide / ignore tags

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In the community preferences you can set a list of favourite tags, and questions that are tagged with one of them will be highlighted.

Is there also a way to hide / ignore tags? Questions with a hidden or ignored tag would either not show up at all, or be greyed out. I think this would be useful on some sites where you may simply not be knowledgeable at all in some areas. For example, on Languages & Linguistics I may want to ignore questions about languages that I'm not familiar with at all.

I would expect greying out to be fairly simple to implement since it seems identical to the favourite functionality, just with different styling. But maybe there is a reason why you don't want to implement it / have implemented it in a different place than where I would expect it?

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How should interactions work? (6 comments)

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One approach, asymmetric with respect to the favourites, would be to treat an ignored tag as equivalent to X downvotes for display purposes. I'm assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that questions with a score lower than some threshold are hidden unless you go actively looking for them. This wouldn't be a true ignore, because a question with a lot of upvotes would get past the threshold, so it would more accurately be described as an "Ignore the run-of-the-mill questions in this tag" flag.

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The feature is good but we were thinking how we should implement it.

I was looking at our new design (Mock) again. There was some method of filtering. The idea came to my mind after seeing that.

We should implement "show if question has tag A" and "don't show if question has tag B". Confusion arise when a question has both tag.

What if we add some kind of priority method? Like as, tag A has priority 4 (which was added by user not mod or someone else) and tag B has priority -3 so just show the question since total priority is positive.

Again, problem arise if both tag has same priority so they cancel out. This time I will give my opinion, no matter what we add sooner or later they will cancel out. But sometimes, we hate topic A that's why we want to ignore that. Like as, a person who just started learning Newtonian Mechanics they won't understand Quantum Mechanics that's simple. Since he wants to ignore QM tag than don't show a question which include both cause I won't understand anything of QM. But I may understand little bit since they are talking about Newtonian Mechanics also.

If we show that question than, the user (who wants to ignore QM tag now) will think that "I don't understand any single word here so it was completely meaningless to show the question." But if he understand little bit about QM than his priority might be around -1 or -2. So my suggestion is don't show a question if priority rate cancels.

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Worries about complexity (4 comments)
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Proposal:

  • If a question has at least one tag that you've marked as a favorite, it's highlighted (as now).
  • If a question has at least one tag that you've marked as ignore, it's de-emphasized somehow (grayed out or similar).
  • If both conditions apply, the question gets no special styling (they cancel each other out).

This doesn't attempt to do ratios or use gradients to reflect in-between states. If a question has three of your favorites and one tag you hate, you wouldn't get partial highlighting or something. Just a ternary operator, in other words: highlight, normal, gray.

Whatever we currently do for tag hierarchies, we should do the same thing for ignore as for favorite. (I don't actually know if, if you favorite a parent tag, you are also implicitly favoriting its children.)

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