# Why was the tag thingie removed? Please bring it back!

## Edit (Feb. 25th, 2014):

The meta.SO link in Jeremy's answer has been updated to say that the tag thingie is not coming back.

Therefore I officially change this to a feature request.

Is it possible to bring back the functionality of the "tag thingie" and have an accessible place on the page (even as a tooltip, although that is less favorable), where we can see how many questions are tagged with each of the used tags?

When opening a question, there used to be on the right part of the screen, a list of the used tags and their sizes. You can still see this on meta, but not on the main site.

I found this information to be incredibly helpful for several reasons:

1. It allowed me to see if a new tag was created.
2. It allowed me to see if the current tags are all popular, and to decide whether or not a retag is needed.

For example, asking a question about ordered fields and using just the tag is probably gonna reduce the exposure of the question, and might be a reasonable addition; on the other hand won't be needing to increase the exposure of the question.

## Possibly a bug?

It seems to show up on Chromium. But not on Firefox (27.0, Arch Linux 64bit; confirmed by robjohn in the comments 26.0, Mac). This is across the entire SE network, the "tagged" element shows up on meta sites but not on main sites.

• You mean this? – user642796 Feb 6 '14 at 21:27
• @ArthurFischer: I don't see that at the top of my main question pages. – robjohn Feb 6 '14 at 21:31
• @Arthur: Yes. That thing. – Asaf Karagila Feb 6 '14 at 21:34
• @rob: Good thing that I'm not alone here. What browser are you using? – Asaf Karagila Feb 6 '14 at 21:34
• @AsafKaragila: Firefox 26.0 for Mac – robjohn Feb 6 '14 at 21:34
• @robjohn: Okay then, it's not a bug from updating FF to 27.0. :-) – Asaf Karagila Feb 6 '14 at 21:35
• @Arthur: Inspecting the HTML elements shows that this doesn't even appear on the code of the main site. – Asaf Karagila Feb 6 '14 at 21:37
• I'm seeing the tags on Chrome (32.0.1700.107 m for Win7) but not Firefox (26.0 for Win7). ....and after updating Firefox to 27.0 I'm seeing the tags there, too. – user642796 Feb 6 '14 at 21:38
• @robjohn: But seems a bug nonetheless! – Asaf Karagila Feb 6 '14 at 21:39
• @AsafKaragila: I don't know if this is the problem, but I see this in the page source: "question_show_tweaks":{"v":"sidebar_wo_tag_stats","g":2} – robjohn Feb 6 '14 at 21:54
• @AsafKaragila: the mods were discussing in chat that some saw "question_show_tweaks":{"v":"sidebar_wo_tag_stats","g":1} and we figured there might be some testing with two random groups. – robjohn Feb 6 '14 at 22:42

This is currently being discussed over on MSO:

Tags are not showing up on the right side of the screen

Basically, we're just testing.

• Thank you for letting me know. – Asaf Karagila Feb 6 '14 at 22:20
• Are you done testing? – Asaf Karagila Feb 7 '14 at 19:50
• Not yet... Maybe Monday or Tuesday – Jeremy T Feb 7 '14 at 19:53
• Because it's back now. – Asaf Karagila Feb 7 '14 at 19:54
• It's split on IP plus user agent...you upgrade your browser? – Jeremy T Feb 7 '14 at 19:59
• Not since last night. My IP has changed, though. (But this was also true on my Windows 8 tablet from two other IP addresses today on FF 26.) – Asaf Karagila Feb 7 '14 at 20:00
• Well, keep in mind, every time one of those things changes you've got a 50% chance of being in a new group – Jeremy T Feb 7 '14 at 20:02
• Hm. I see. Interesting way of testing. – Asaf Karagila Feb 7 '14 at 20:03
• Best we can do, because we need some method that can be calculated on the spot. We don't have the capability to mark someone and track them throughout the system. IP plus user agent hash can be computed anytime we need it – Jeremy T Feb 7 '14 at 20:04
• Well, you can also troll the users. Make the computing non-deterministic, and save the result for two hours so for two hours the user will experience the same test group across the servers; but after two hours recalculate it. – Asaf Karagila Feb 7 '14 at 20:30
• @Asaf, don't give them any ideas! – Gerry Myerson Feb 8 '14 at 1:35
• It's Thursday now (Wednesday if you want to be pedantic), shouldn't it be back to normal by now? – Asaf Karagila Feb 13 '14 at 1:27
• It's been like... three weeks now. What's up with that? – Asaf Karagila Feb 25 '14 at 20:38
• @AsafKaragila We ended the experiment today, and I'm afraid we're not going to bring it back. Instead we are going to try to make the other group of tags more prominent and accessible. Also discussed here: meta.stackexchange.com/a/222820/202998 – Jeremy T Feb 25 '14 at 20:42
• Yeah, I just noticed that and edited the main thread to a feature request. :-) – Asaf Karagila Feb 25 '14 at 20:42