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I am a relatively new user in Ask Ubuntu site, which is a subsite of the Stack Exchange network. After participating in the Questions and answers in the AU site for a while, I see that, the "tags" are very important in this site. (It is also very important on all SE sites). I often see and feel that, Moderators and Community members have a hard time deleting tags, which were created by users (without having good knowledge about the importance of tags). I also experienced a situation where a user trying to delete tag, created a new one as accidentally and was unaware of this new tag. (We are requested to delete that tag, because that is no longer important).

So, I feel that, tag creation should not be that easy and should go through some approval by moderators before being used in the system. That's why I am proposing this request.

We can apply to the system one or more of these methods to prevent unimportant tags being created.

  • We can increase the required reputation level from 300 to 2000. It is now 300
  • New tags should go through moderator approval before being used. The user can still type a new tag name, but that new tag will only appear in the question after moderator approval

I want to hear from community members about this particular request.

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read both the answers you will get your answer :) – Lucifer Jun 27 '12 at 10:06
Which site are you talking about? Creating tags requires 500 here on, as you point out, but only 300 on ask ubuntu, and 1500 on SO... – AakashM Jun 27 '12 at 10:11
sorry, I was asking about AU. edited the question – Anwar Jun 27 '12 at 10:13
You need to talk about raising that bar on, then, as it's a site-specific setting. 300 rep does sound low for the "create tag" privilege. But as far as making moderators approve new tags: ugh. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Jun 27 '12 at 13:04
With reputation comes responsibility - it's as simple as that. – Shadow Wizard Jun 27 '12 at 14:04
I don't think more privilege is the answer. But a confirmation pop-up to make creating tags a little more annoying and avoid it happening by mistake would be nice. – Gilles Jun 27 '12 at 17:55

300 is quite a high enough limit honestly. I mean, if you reach 300 rep, it means you did participate in the community and the site itself (at least a bit).
2K seems like too much for me. Tags are important — yes — but a wrong tag might not create so many problems, and in any case, not that many problems to justify a 2K limit privilege.

Another thing: apart from the fact that moderators already have quite a few duties to take care of, adding this one wouldn't have that much effect. Consider that a tag, in order to survive, must be used.

If you create a tag and nobody else uses it, the system will purge it. So it's not like a wrong tag is a scar forever. It'll be seen sooner or later, either by the system or by the community: no need for exclusive moderator action.

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