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I'm continuing to deal with the Windows 8 tags pretty regularly. (Some links in Is tag sponsorship contributing to confusion between "metro" and "metro-ui"?) I have an idea for a way to prevent some of the trouble.

Using a similar mechanism to tag-synonyms, users with the appropriate powers could declare certain tags to be "mismatches" to this one. So for , would be a mismatch and the text shown to the user could be:

Please use for Windows 8 Metro Application questions.

For , could be a mismatch with the text:

C and C++ are different languages; most questions need only one of these tags.

That one would probably also be added in the other order. Same for and - why would anyone tag a question with both? (But they do.)

Perhaps you wouldn't refuse to post a question with mismatched tags, or maybe you would refuse for lower-rep users and at some point allow it. But just providing some context-sensitive help, where the context is the other tags you've used, would help avoid mistaggings.

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"why would anyone tag a question with both?" - for c# and vb.net, it's generally when the question's about translating one to the other. –  AakashM Apr 10 '12 at 15:25
    
@AakashM: That's what the c#-to-vb.net and vb.net-to-c# tags are for. –  Cody Gray Apr 10 '12 at 18:44
    
@TheEstablishment cool, thanks :) –  AakashM Apr 11 '12 at 7:53

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