Why do some questions in question lists have a yellow background?

by Kurt W. Leucht   Last Updated June 12, 2019 04:24 AM - source

On SO, when I'm scrolling through "questions" some have a yellow background. Is this intuitive to everyone but me? What is the yellow background trying to tell me about this particular question?



Answers 4


Those questions have tags that you have marked as interesting.

Ian Elliott
Ian Elliott
July 30, 2009 19:58 PM

The questions highlighted in yellow have tags you have marked as watched. Questions appearing grayed out you have marked as ignored. You can manage these either on the front page or on the preferences page of your profile.

Timothy Carter
Timothy Carter
July 30, 2009 20:01 PM

Conversely, the tags which you mark as ignored will be grayed out.

Matt Kellogg
Matt Kellogg
July 30, 2009 20:01 PM

There are two reasons a question can be marked as yellow.

Favorite tags

You can add favorite tags from the main page, or the prefs page (Link to prefs above bio in profile). They get highlighted on all pages (except for their own tag pages).

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You can also ignore a tag, and it will grey out/disappear (depending on prefs and the page). Note that ignored tags have preference over favorite tags. In the example above, a question tagged will be greyed out.

Frequented tags

If you post on a tag often, and have a good enough score, the system decides you like the tag and auto-highlights it. This is only if you have not specified any other favorite tags.

Of course, it can lead to this{*}:

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If you really don't want to choose favorite tags, then add some random nonsense tag to the list. SOmewhere on MSO, I saw used for this, so I use it as well.

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*That did happen to me. I was besieged by enticing yellow QM questions that I didn't know a thing about.

Manishearth
Manishearth
May 04, 2012 03:20 AM

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