Is it possible to style the "plugin-dev" tag differently to all the other tags, as an indicator to differentiate the question types.

I consider plugin development to be an "advanced" topic, with little interest to Craft newcomers. PHP knowledge isn't required to make a Craft site and those questions might evoke that'd be the case.

Speaking for me (has no advanced php skills / only one very rudimentary craft plugin) I often skim through the headlines of all the new questions to find sth. I could possibly contribute to. And I'd welcome a more apparent way to distinguish "user" from "plugin-dev" question, other then reading through the list of tags.

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    I can't speak to the possibility of this, but I'd be very interested to understand your rationale behind the thought. – Matt Stein Jul 10 '14 at 17:24
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    Ditto @MattStein. I'm sure it's possible to color-code specific tags (though I haven't figured out how yet), I've seen it done with some existing specialty tags. But it begs the question, "why plugin-dev specifically?" You can easily set plugin-dev as one of your Favorite Tags in the sidebar. – Lindsey D Jul 10 '14 at 21:41
  • Switch perspective to being a newcomer who what's to learn all the nice things about Craft but not plugin dev. – carlcs Jul 10 '14 at 21:46
  • @LindseyD That came up over here and I think it's to serve as a warning for visitors more than a convenient highlight. But I don't want to speak for Christian! – Matt Stein Jul 10 '14 at 21:46
  • Yeah almost right except that I read your post after I had the idea, @Matt. – carlcs Jul 10 '14 at 21:48
  • @ChristianSeelbach I see your point, and I also think that a newcomer could distinguish between approachable and overwhelming topics/tags. I'm confused by a whole lot on Stack Overflow, so I just pay attention to certain tags I'm comfortable with. – Matt Stein Jul 10 '14 at 21:49
  • @ChristianSeelbach Just referencing for context, no offense intended! – Matt Stein Jul 10 '14 at 21:50
  • All good @matt. Just wanted to point out that we two had something similar at the same time in mind. To do something with the Dev questions! :) – carlcs Jul 10 '14 at 22:05
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    @Christian With this question, are you looking to see whether it's mechanically possible to highlight tags, or dive into the philosophical question of distinguishing between "layers" of Craft development? – Matt Stein Jul 10 '14 at 22:13
  • The second! I've seen it that it is technically possible. – carlcs Jul 10 '14 at 22:17
  • In that case, I'd love to see you make your case for distinguishing and see what others think. This is obviously important. – Matt Stein Jul 10 '14 at 22:21
  • @matt it's actually both. It is possible but I don't know if we can do that while in beta or if a SE site can have individual tags treated besides some default SE 'attenton' tags. – carlcs Jul 10 '14 at 22:24
  • @MattStein So? Reviewing? If so, please add [status-review]. If declined, add [status-declined]. Maybe you plan to do it, so [status-planned]. If you won't review this request in the near future, then [status-deferred]. – nicael Jul 11 '14 at 5:08
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    @nicael Again, thanks for your input. I marked this deferred since the question could be improved, and I don't feel comfortable making a decision without more community input. – Matt Stein Jul 11 '14 at 16:53
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    @ChristianSeelbach I'd love to see this question improved/clarified so people have a chance to react to both of your suggestions. I think it's a valid/important concern that could use more community input. – Matt Stein Jul 11 '14 at 16:59

I've finally confirmed that it's not possible to manipulate the colors of tags. So to directly answer the question, we don't have the ability to do that.

The question implies that the topic of plugin development may have little or no value (or even be off-putting) to some visitors, which may be interesting in a separate question or discussion.

If that's the case, any Stack Exchange member can utilize favorite and ignored tags to call out or hide certain tags.

In your case just add the "plugin-dev" tag to the ignore list:

users preferences for tags

and all questions tagged likewise will appear grayed out (or completely hidden) on the index pages:

example view for grayed out questions

  • First declined request. Congrats! :D Actually its possible to apply some special color for a tag. – nicael Jul 11 '14 at 20:14
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    @nicael Any citation would be helpful, for or against. I got my answer chatting with moderators, and will change my answer if it's wrong. – Matt Stein Jul 11 '14 at 20:28
  • I didn't say that your answer is wrong :D For example all metas and MSE itself have tag coloring, which is done by CM. You can't do anything with coloring, I think ;-) – nicael Jul 11 '14 at 20:51
  • @nicael to me it sounds as if you are saying matt's answer is wrong. – carlcs Jul 11 '14 at 22:03
  • @Christian How? Of course, it isn't. And I agree with Matt. – nicael Jul 11 '14 at 22:04
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    Thanks for bringing this up in the mods chat and getting this answer, Matt. Appreciated! – carlcs Jul 11 '14 at 22:05
  • @ChristianSeelbach Happy to try and find an answer! – Matt Stein Jul 11 '14 at 22:08
  • @nicael you simply put that counter-statement without further explanation. That's how. – carlcs Jul 11 '14 at 22:13
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    Matt, tag preferences is an even better way to accomplish what I was after. Thanks! – carlcs Jul 12 '14 at 15:19

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