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I am talking about . In my world/line of work, WAi means Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) that is part of the W3C. In others, it refers to something that is part of the Haskell programming language.

Is this a thing that people should just deal with or should and be created and people should append the correct tags. For most questions regarding W3C def, they are also tagged [correctly] with and Haskell-related ones with .

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I don't know, if there are lots of questions tagged wai only it might be a problem, but there are lots of cases I see where query or cursor is used as a tag, but I never see them alone, they're always combined with the tech the question involves (e.g. sql-server or oracle). I think it would be artificial to enforce some kind of "this word is ambiguous or too generic therefore can never be used as a tag" rule. –  Aaron Bertrand Jul 13 '12 at 18:21
    
I am not saying we should enforce a rule, I am saying should we make topic specific tags, and retag them? The excerpt for wai could be "Wai is usually referring to w3c wai or wai within haskell, please use add w3c-wai or haskell-wai for better filtering" –  Ryan B Jul 13 '12 at 18:27
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it sounds like a lot of work for little gain. Folks will still use the wai tag as long as it exists, and will they really think to look for a haskell-wai tag? I don't know the space but again I think about this in terms of my space. I wouldn't want to have to use a tag like sql-server-cursor when the question is already tagged sql-server. Seems redundant to me. –  Aaron Bertrand Jul 13 '12 at 18:32
    
+1 that would essentially mean you have to follow sql-server-cursor just in case somebody used only sql-server-cursor vs sql-server-cursor and sql-server –  Ryan B Jul 13 '12 at 18:37
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Right, I find that making hybrid tags will just lead to a different problem. If someone tags wai only with no tagged indication of which area they meant, you should be able to update those based on the question context, and it would be less work than trying to update and re-tag all questions that have a tag wai and are also correctly tagged with haskell or w3c. Again, seems redundant. –  Aaron Bertrand Jul 13 '12 at 18:39
    
Just to be nitpicky, wai is not part of the Haskell programming language, it's just a library written in Haskell. –  Daniel Fischer Jul 13 '12 at 22:02

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I think you will get much better "bang for your buck" by finding isolated cases where users are tagging only with and educating them about being more specific. This should be a much smaller workload and should be very easy to explain based on the context of the question.

As I mentioned in my comments:

I don't know, if there are lots of questions tagged only it might be a problem, but there are lots of cases I see where or is used as a tag, but I never see them alone, they're always combined with the tech the question involves (e.g. or ). I think it would be artificial to enforce some kind of "this word is ambiguous or too generic therefore can never be used as a tag" rule.

It sounds like a lot of work for little gain. Folks will still use the tag as long as it exists, and will they really think to look for a tag? I don't know the space but again I think about this in terms of my space. I wouldn't want to have to use a tag like when the question is already tagged . Seems redundant to me.

Right, I find that making hybrid tags will just lead to a different problem. If someone tags only with no tagged indication of which area they meant, you should be able to update those based on the question context, and it would be less work than trying to update and re-tag all questions that have a tag and are also correctly tagged with or . Again, seems redundant.

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If sql-server-cursor and oracle-cursor do not strike everyone as semantically unrelated beasts comparable with wai, let's just add text-editor-cursor to the mix. Yes, cursor covers UI cursors as well. –  Jirka Hanika Jul 13 '12 at 21:20

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