Doesn't work: subscribe for topics in the category with a specific tag

I think there is smth wrong with the system of notifications. I don’t know how is it called within Discourse.

TOPICS IN THE CATEGORY
I can subscribe for new topics in a category, like on this page: https://meta.discourse.org/c/howto/tips-and-tricks/45

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TOPICS USED THE TAG
I can subscribe for new topics with a specific tag, like on this page: https://meta.discourse.org/tag/voting

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TOPICS IN THE CATEGORY USED THE TAG
But I can’t track topics within a category with a specific tag. In this case the system tracks the topics with this tag with all categories
https://meta.discourse.org/tags/c/howto/10/voting

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I checked it and unfortunately, the system can’t track topics within the category that used a specific tag.

Isn’t it a bug?

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I don’t think it is a bug. Discourse has not implemented a feature that allows for tracking tags within a specific category, so what you are seeing is the expected behaviour. Tags are intended to cut across categories, so when you watch a tag, it is normal that you will get results from numerous categories.

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That’s true and for this reason, we can subscribe for new topics with this tag on the page of this tag, like this one: https://meta.discourse.org/tag/voting

But when a user filters topics by category AND tag as in this case https://meta.discourse.org/tags/c/howto/10/voting I think the user wants to subscribe for topics with this tag not from all categories but only from this specific category.

Does it sound obvious?

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We certainly should correct the UX here to remove the glyph if you are cutting the topics by a category AND a tag.

@vinothkannans can you add to your list, low priority.

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If I need this functionality, what’s your opinion - how is it possible to do?

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Unlikely to happen any time soon, way too complex to implement

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May be as a plugin? I mean, is it possible in general?
I saw the “Saved searches” plugin and thought that this could be done on its base. Instead of specific words, the user should choose a category and a tag to watch.

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In a plugin … maybe … it is a very complicated concept to explain to users.

You would need a whole new UI here to explain this, plus tons of internal changes.

This is not on our roadmap for core.

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But what if we won’t be doing extra UI and simply make this working:

If I need to change the setting I simply change it on the destination page (not in the Notification preferences). Because if I’m notified and would like to change it, then I always know the destination and can change the setting there.

If you are filtered down to “tips & tricks” and are using “all tags”

  1. We should certainly keep the icon around
  2. We should only change settings on “tips & tricks” categories.

I just tested and this is working correctly.

I agree we should fix the text there, but it is a very minor change. (it should say “new topics in THIS category”.)

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This PR will hide the tag notification menu. I’ll do the copyedit soon.

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