2 FAQ tagged with feeds

How do tags work on MetaFilter?

Tags are a way of adding keywords to your posts as a way of making it easier to find, organize, and filter posts.

Tags can be added/removed, either at the time of posting or later, by the original poster, or the site admins, or mutual contacts of the original poster. There's no automatic tagging, so if you see a post that you think is missing an important tag, let the moderators know.

Tags can only include certain ASCII characters: English letters, numbers, and the following five punctuation marks _ ' \ - ! (underscore, apostrophe, backslash, hyphen, exclamation point). Tags cannot include accented letters or other special characters. Tags are not case sensitive. When tagging a post with a phrase, you can put the words together with no spaces, for example: heavymetal.

Plural tags do not combine with their singular counterparts. But in 2018, frimble added a "similar tags" function to the regular tag search, to make it easier to catch typoes, variant spellings, plurals, etc. See the explanation in Metatalk for details.

To view pages tagged with specific words, either click on a tag or go to a tag URL, for example:

Tags can be combined. To view pages tagged with a specific pair of words, use the plus sign like this:

Tags can be combined with usernames as well. To see "all posts tagged with 'obit' by user 292" use this URL:

The 150 most popular tags are linked on these pages (MeFi, Ask MeFi). The larger a word appears on that page, the more times it has been used to tag a thread. Notable tags on MeFi include obit and batshitinsane.

Tags allow rough filtering of posts, using the MyMefi or MyAsk pages -- see here for details. Also, tags also have individual RSS feeds, linked from the tag page.

Note: when a post is removed, the tags for that post are not removed from the index. This can sometimes cause discrepancies between the number of posts that are claimed to exist having a certain tag, and those that actually show up in a list of posts with that tag (example).
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What sort of RSS feeds does MetaFilter have?

All the subsites have feeds

MetaFilter: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Metafilter
MetaTalk: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFi/MetaTalk
AskMetafilter: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AskMetafilter
FanFare: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFi/FanFare
MetaFilter Projects: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/Projects
MetaFilter Music: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/Music
MetaFilter Jobs: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFi/Jobs
MetaFilter Podcast: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFiPodcast
MetaFilter IRL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeFiIRL
Best of MetaFilter: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BestOfMetafilter

There are also a few specialized feeds

tag feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/tags/peace/rss [for posts tagged peace]
user feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/user/1/postsrss [for posts by user #1]
favorites feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/favorites/1/posts/rss [for favorite posts by user #1]
thread feeds: http://www.metafilter.com/12345/rss [works for all threads across all sites]
sidebar/best of blog feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BestOfMetafilter
popular posts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/PopularPosts
popular comments: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/PopularComments
playlist feeds: feed://music.metafilter.com/playlistpodcast/68 [for a particular playlist]
all music feed: http://music.metafilter.com/rss.xml
IRL location feed: http://irl.metafilter.com/go/us/or/portland/rss
resolved questions: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/resolved
unanswered questions: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mefi/stumped

You can also get a feed from your MyMeFi and MyAsk pages and your Contacts page by clicking on the subscribe link on those pages.
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