On this site, whenever a new prominent game comes out, the main page is spammed with questions tagged with that game. Occasionally new users complain about this, because they don't know how to hide those questions. They do find the "ignored tags" mechanism, which is immediately apparent on the main page, but they don't know how to actually hide the ignored tags. And can you blame them?
On the main page:
On the (otherwise rarely-used) preference page:
I propose moving that checkbox to the main page. It will be a very small UI addition, but will make life easier for those new users. It will also allow experienced users to quickly switch between shading and hiding, if they want to take a peek at questions with ignored tags.
For new users asking about it, see
- Is there a reason why Ignored tags are, well, not really ignored?
- How to hide questions with given title?
- Overwhelmed about Mass Effect 3 promo missions
And also they occasionally ask about it in chat. This has actually become significant enough that we were considering switching it to hide it by default: Should "hide ignored tags" be the default?
By the way, I do think this is something that should be applied network-wide, but Gaming in particular is very appropriate for this change.