I know this is a seriously newbie question, but I can't find it in the FAQ and I have encountered and not understood it on this and other SE sites.

Why are some questions highlighted in blue?

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This is highlighting questions with tags that are in your favorite tags. If you haven't manually added any favorite tags, the system will detect when you have a certain level of activity in a tag and infer one for you. If you manually add a favorite tag, the system will not infer a tag for you.

You can customize your favorite (and ignored tags) in your profile. You can also customize these settings in the right sidebar of the homepage and the /questions listing.

So, if you would prefer not to have any questions highlighted, you can simply add a nonsense "tag" to your favorites. Perhaps ? (:

  • Unicorn? Not as off-topic as you might hope. :) I was sorely tempted to post a question about the tachash and tag it unicorn, just show it'd show up under your link.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented May 12, 2011 at 1:53
  • @IsaacMoses, oy. Feel free to edit in a more appropriate nonsense tag. (: Commented May 12, 2011 at 2:00
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    I could try, but someone would find a valid Jewish reference to it too, somewhere.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented May 12, 2011 at 2:03

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