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What badge do I get by creating a new tag? Is it Taxonomist?

Also is there any way to market a tag once created? I believe there is a legit tag missing and I want to create it.

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@Java It's 250 on other sites, but SO has an higher rep requirement due to having a larger userbase. – Adam Sep 10 '11 at 4:26
not that I care but why would some one down vote this simple one – Java Ka Baby Sep 10 '11 at 6:16
I think it's the reference to marketing "your" tag - though who knows. – ChrisF Sep 10 '11 at 11:06
get a life people and keep down voting I have got bill board for my tag erected already.... – Java Ka Baby Sep 10 '11 at 11:44
up vote 5 down vote accepted

As far as I know, you can't earn a badge for simply creating a new tag. Taxonomist is close, but it does have some restrictions. From the list of badge descriptions (emphasis mine):


  • silver; awarded once
  • Create a tag that is applied to 50 questions
    • If User A creates a tag that falls into disuse and User B later uses the tag again, User A continues to get credit for creating the tag, for the purposes of this badge
  • Source: Taxonomist — who is the "creator" of a tag?

Note, however, that you first need 1500 rep to create a new tag on Stack Overflow.

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To answer the second part of your question.

The only way to "market a tag" is to ask great questions that need the tag. Great questions gets lots of attention and so does your tag.

If you think that there is a tag missing, and you don't have enough reputation points to create one yourself you have two possibilities:

  1. Earn enough reputation to create the tag yourself.
  2. Request for the tag to be created by another user, by adding a comment. You don't get the credit (Taxonomist badge) but at least the tag is free to be used.

It just depends on your priority. Credit, or tag availability.

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