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The following tags refer to a method name in .NET MVC and are way too specific.

And these tags are just way to ambiguous.

I know is a specific concepts but a tag describes a question. I know nothing about a question that is .

Burninate!!!

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The [strongly-typed-xxx] tags are all highly specific concepts. They just seem ambiguous because they don't have tag wikis. –  Robert Harvey May 10 '12 at 21:35
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[strongly-typed] can be a synonym of [strong-typing]. –  Robert Harvey May 10 '12 at 21:37
    
I know strongly-typed is a specific concepts but a tag describes a question. I know nothing about a question that is strongly-typed. –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 21:37
    
I'll have to, um, kinda disagree with you on the [actionlink] tags. These are well-known concepts from ASP.NET MVC, and serve to categorize the questions very well. –  Robert Harvey May 10 '12 at 21:37
    
Just because the post mentions ActionLink doesn't mean there has to be a tag about it. Method-name tags are way too specific. –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 21:39
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[actionlink] is also a concept. Just because a concept happens to have a method named after it doesn't make it too specific. I'm an ASP.NET MVC developer, and I'm telling you the tag works. Don't screw with our tags, man. –  Robert Harvey May 10 '12 at 21:41
    
What concept does ActionLink refer to? –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 21:42
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[strongly-typed-dataset] almost always refers to the ADO.NET concept –  Some Helpful Commenter May 10 '12 at 21:43
    
What if you use the following tags though: asp.net asp.net-mvc dataset? –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 21:46
    
I think you meant [ado.net] not [asp.net], but its still not enough because datasets can be untyped. Then you would need [strongly-typed] and [dataset] and you've objected to [strongly-typed] –  Some Helpful Commenter May 10 '12 at 21:52
    
Ah, yes; I meant ado.net. But the question is, when are tags too much? Isn't saying that this problem deals with datasets enough information for a description? –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 21:54
    
The community has been generally moving in the direction of, and voicing a preference for more specific tags, not less. More specific tags require fewer tags per question, and they can be followed more easily than tag combinations. –  Robert Harvey May 10 '12 at 22:07
    
Okay... Then... –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 22:08
    
This is probably a better path to take: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/132197/… –  Shogging through the snow May 10 '12 at 23:12

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The following tags refer to a method name in .NET MVC and are way to specific

Ok, no.

Too specific is, or or . Tags are too specific when they're likely to only ever identify the single question they're applied to. There are practical reasons to merge specific tags into more general tags, but the reasons are rarely intrinsic to the tags themselves.

Too specific is not or or . Proper names of things the question is being asked about. You get five tags for a reason - you don't have to boil everything down to [c#] + [asp.net].

Indeed, tags that are too general are a much, much bigger problem than those that are too specific. A tag that can be applied to everything is even more worthless than a tag that can only be applied to one question; at least the latter helps identify one thing!

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When will ActionLink ever apply to anything else? –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 22:29
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What @Shog means is that a tag is too specific if it only applies to your single question. –  Robert Harvey May 10 '12 at 22:31
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<applause> (and please tell casperOne) –  Gilles May 10 '12 at 22:34
    
@Gilles: I already did - the cleanup is focused primarily on vague / broad / meta tags, not very-specific tags. If you see someone suggesting otherwise, down-vote and leave a comment to that effect just as I did. –  Shogging through the snow May 10 '12 at 22:40

I know nothing about a question that is [strongly-typed]

Yes you do. You know the question has something to do with strong typing.

Tags do not have to completely categorize a question. Were that so, you wouldn't be able to tag a question with the programming language. All that tells you is the programming language the OP is using; it says nothing about the OP's problem.

The "tags must be able to stand on their own" rule is meant to help ferret out meta tags; it is not meant to be an indictment on all tags that can't stand on their own. It can be helpful when combined with other tag criteria, but in isolation, this rule is not the best indicator of a tag's usefulness.

It's hard to make the argument that the [strongly-typed-xxx] tags are too ambiguous; they all refer to very specific technologies. Further, your aversion to ASP.NET MVC tags seems to suggest that you simply don't have any knowledge of the underlying platform. Every ASP.NET MVC developer knows exactly what I mean if I tag a question with .

I don't necessarily disagree with the idea of using multiple tags to embody a concept (as in ), but the community has been generally moving in the direction of, and voicing a preference for more specific tags, not less. More specific tags require fewer tags per question, and they can be followed more easily than tag combinations.

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Actually I'm working on a .NET project but if the community prefers that way then I guess who am I to judge? –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 22:24
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ASP.NET MVC is just one type of .NET project. –  Robert Harvey May 10 '12 at 22:28
    
Yes. It's a .NET MVC project. –  Bryan Dunsmore May 10 '12 at 22:28

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