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The non-Facebook tag requirement isn't helping, but it is actually causing friction in getting a question edited or posted while under the

If I were a new user, I would get frustrated and just throw in any random tag and be done with it.

When I edit questions I have two windows for each question @_@ just to bypass the requirement.

Why not edit the question with a proper tag, you know the system by now

Currently on questions that are language independent I end up cluttering the API tag. No one really follows the API tag. Over the past few months I have encountered similar problems with this issue.

Assistance with tagging a question related to an API

The point of the above question was to prove or difficult it would be for a new user use to understand it.

If you can sit down in the section and edit questions without fail for months on end, then power to you, yet I don't believe you.

  • DMCS
  • ifaour
  • BK.
  • Juicy Scripter
  • CBroe
  • Nitzan Tomer
  • Lix

I'm willing to a bet a dinner and a movie these users (some of top users of all time on Facebook) have been frustrated in a similar matter.


@_@, then I am just bypassing the catch and thus it should be removed

Tag with arbitrary, unrelated tags

Though the quote above was tongue-in-cheek, it's actually what happens. Hence we end up with a bunch of incorrectly tagged questions. Thus the requirement causes more harm than good and it should be removed.

Shog says to follow this thinking: "I know my question is about Facebook, but what else is it about?"

To which I can give one of many responses (from questions I have tried to edit)

Nothing else. It's actually about Open Graph which started at Facebook. And Open Graph is a tag associated with Facebook. Stalemate

How about a live example

Recent tagging example

I bet you a dinner and a bike ride this mod did not edit the question while under

Guess what?

Surprise!!! If the moderator cannot edit it under how do you expect a user to do it?

Even the CFO of Stack Exchange is falling into issues.

Ask any regular of the [facebook] tag how counterproductive this feature is, and they will agree.

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Sigh. Would love to give you my vote, but unfortunately, I don't have the required 15 reputation on meta.... If there is resistance to this, I'd really like to know what else my opengraph question could have been about. As I mentioned in the bug, I just picked the java tag because that's what I'm using, but someone answered with a PHP code fragment that tells me what I need to know because the question is about the abstract parameters to the opengraph API, and is language-agnostic. – Chris Westin Oct 15 '12 at 18:07
@ChrisWestin As a workaround (and in case this feature is declined), you can always use the language-agnostic tag as your non FB related tag (if your questions are truly language agnostic). – Yannis Oct 15 '12 at 18:26
I can definitely attest that this is an issue. Editing posts on FSO is a pain the neck. Where can I place my bets? – Lix Oct 15 '12 at 18:50
You've won a dinner and a bike ride. Montreal is a little too far for me, do you mind coming down here? – NullUserException อ_อ Oct 15 '12 at 19:47
Its a clever trick to suppress facebook questions. I support it highly. -1. – Won't Oct 15 '12 at 19:52
I don't see how this ghetto for questions serves any purpose any longer. Could we just get rid of this subdomain already and tag this status-completed? – user7116 Oct 15 '12 at 20:43
@sixlettervariables it's easy to say something when you have never participated in it – phwd Oct 15 '12 at 20:57
@phwd: it is a paid sectioning of questions that generates more problems than useful questions. I've done fb development, but never found the SO subdomain useful in the least. – user7116 Oct 15 '12 at 21:19
@sixlettervariables It would if Facebook held their end of the bargain and their developers were actually active on it. – NullUserException อ_อ Oct 15 '12 at 21:28
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ: I used to enjoy it as an unbelievably useful form of Ignored Tag, but now I'm of the mindset it should go the way of the subjective tag (and other meta tags). If it truly is that different from SO it could go on Area51 with the rest of them. – user7116 Oct 15 '12 at 21:42
@sixlettervariables regardless of the subdomain, you have 0 questions under Facebook. Why does it matter that it's paid? Questions get posted and get answers regardless. The Facebook Developer Support Team is monitoring questions. You have done Facebook development, okay? Why not help out? How would you know it to be useful? Honestly Stack Overflow has a large group with a personal bias towards social media specifically Facebook, call it a callout, but it is what it is. And that's just retarded for a community calling themselves welcoming @_@ – phwd Oct 15 '12 at 21:42
@phwd: I welcome good questions and use fb quite often. I'm biased against bad questions and worse answers. I don't see the utility in the subdomain beyond filtering content for folks to avoid. – user7116 Oct 15 '12 at 21:51
@sixlettervariables There is something at the bottom of every question edit|close|flag. Or are you assuming every user coming in will write an excellent post on the first go? – phwd Oct 15 '12 at 21:59

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