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I've recently been trying to stem the tide of questions about how to develop using Cocoa or iOS issues that are tagged [Xcode] when they're really not Xcode questions. It feels like trying to hold back the evil of parsing HTML with RegEx.

Should there be a penalty to people who post questions with bad tags? I guess that would mean the privilege of retagging might need a higher prerequisite reputation.

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How about a comment in addition to the downvote? –  Almo Apr 13 '12 at 14:24
Here is my comment. I disagree with this. Why should there be a penalty? What kind of penalty? Do you think people are mis-tagging on purpose to be evil? (Shouldn't this be tagged "feature request"? arrrgh -1) –  Wesley Murch Apr 13 '12 at 14:24
Votes should be based on the content, not the user. If you edit the tags, there's no reason to downvote, since the error has been fixed. –  Dennis Apr 13 '12 at 14:25
Yeah, I don't downvote stuff when I fix tags. And I don't think people mistag on purpose, but they don't seem to think about it. Even users with fairly high rep misuse the Xcode tag. I thought penalties were for things that degraded the quality of the site. Tag-relevance seems important. But I can understand the point of view that such a penalty would cause more problems than it would solve. –  Almo Apr 13 '12 at 14:26
Almo, if people are mis-tagging then do you suppose they are mis-searching as well and have the wrong "favorited" tags? Just educate the user, there's no need to penalize for something like this, being clueless is already enough penalty. –  Wesley Murch Apr 13 '12 at 14:30
Nevermind. I took How about a comment in addition to the downvote? as a question if you should downvote questions with bad tags. –  Dennis Apr 13 '12 at 14:30
Ah, hehe. I had just gotten two downvotes and no comments. I know that's how meta works, but I was genuinely curious about what other people thought beyond "disagree". I'm a game designer, and find these issues very interesting. –  Almo Apr 13 '12 at 14:31
There should be a penalty for stacking your (not you specifically, but a user in general) question title with tags! –  Won't Apr 16 '12 at 17:35
+1, this is really annoying! All n00bs and a lot of more experienced iOS developers are consitently tagging their questions Xcode - man who read this, also read the tag wiki of Xcode on SO - you'll find out why this is a serious problem. –  H2CO3 Sep 1 '12 at 7:16
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Should there be a penalty to people who post questions with bad tags?

No, there shouldn't. Many of the mistagged questions are from new users and penalizing them for this would simply discourage them from asking.

It is easy enough to edit the tags (or suggest tag edits).

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