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Some questions have a yellow background to them, what is the meaning of this?

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The background color that you see is to show that the question contains a tag that you have selected as a "watched tag". Based on the tags on the questions that are highlighted in your screenshot, it appears that the watched tag in question is .

You can set which tags you are watching in the box at the upper right hand portion of the homepage:

Screenshot of "Watched Tags" box

If you click on the "Watch a tag" button in that box it will give you a space to type in tag names:

Screenshot of "Watched Tags" box

As you start typing it will give you suggestions of tags to select:

Screenshot of "Watched Tags" box

Simply find the tag you want and click the add button.

Now the tag will appear in the "Watched Tags" box:

Screenshot of "Watched Tags" box

If you want to remove a watched tag, simply click the "edit" button that now appears in the box. This will create an "x" on the tag icon:

Screenshot of "Watched Tags" box

Simply click the "x" and watch the tag disappear:

Screenshot of "Watched Tags" box

You are now back to the beginning.

Note that if you never clicked out of the "Watched Tags" box after adding the tag, you won't need to click the "edit" button in order to be able to remove the tag. You will already be presented with the tag icon having the "x" on it, so you can remove it right away.

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    FWIW this used to be "Favorite Tags" but was redesigned and named "Tag Watching". However, the yellow background has been the same since the feature was first introduced. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 12 '18 at 14:59

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