What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 127 Stack Exchange communities.

The tag has no central focus. I work in the address verification industry (postal/street addresses) so I've subscribed to this tag, to contribute where I can. However, I've seen all sorts of topics in this tag:

  • Street addresses (actually seldom)
  • "Mail address" (whatever that means, but same as a street address)
  • Maps
  • Memory addresses / pointers
  • URLs
  • IP address / MAC address
  • Email addresses
  • Geocoding
  • Address book
  • Database normalization
  • jQuery Address plugin
  • Address bar

I think once I dived into an "address" question that was actually about RAM, but other than that... these topics are far too broad for a single tag.

I know there are all sorts of "ambiguous tag" posts on meta, but I'm not sure myself what to do about this. It'd be nice to clean up or specify more precise tag names.

share|improve this question
1  
Personally, i'd think a tag that could be so ambiguous, shouldn't exist at all. When i hear "address", i think "IP address". Memory addresses come a close second, and in the context of programming, street addresses barely register at all. –  cHao Nov 12 '12 at 12:52
    
BTW...WTF? There's a whole postal address verification industry? –  cHao Nov 12 '12 at 12:59
2  
@cHao, once you dive into USPS manuals and certifications for more than a single hour, you'll quickly understand why people have made businesses to serve it up. It's um, complicated, to say the least. –  Matt Nov 12 '12 at 13:49
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 6 down vote accepted

If the tag can't stand on its own to describe the post, it probably shouldn't exist. You've noticed at least two meanings for the word "address", and that could be broken up into a dozen sub-definitions. The tag doesn't have (and really, can't reasonably have) a single meaning unless we're going to say "you can only tag street-address questions with ", which wouldn't do too much good since the people who would reach for such an ambiguous tag are the same ones who don't read tag definitions anyway.

If you see such a tag, consider switching it to a more useful tag:

All of these tags already exist and have a few questions tagged with them.

share|improve this answer
    
What should we do with the tag "address" then? Just let it to continue being? I'll go through as often as I can and re-tag questions, but the "address" tag will keep appearing... –  Matt Nov 14 '12 at 3:16
1  
@Matt: Retag wherever you see it. I'll do so as well, and recommend that others do the same. For now, since it's muddled up, there's not a whole lot that can be mechanically done about it. But once it's not on anymore questions at the "end of the day" (about 8pm EST), it'll stop appearing in the tag list and people who don't know better will be less likely to pick it. (Since the other tags all include "address", though, they will show up.) With ~750 questions over 4 years, it's a pretty low volume tag; i'm confident we can retag faster than noobs can mistag. :) –  cHao Nov 14 '12 at 4:04
    
Cool. I was just wondering how that works. Thanks. –  Matt Nov 14 '12 at 5:45
    
One more thought: the current address tag wiki describes it to be a memory address. Is there a way to make the two the same tag? (I can work on cleaning up the address tag in the meantime) –  Matt Nov 26 '12 at 5:54
1  
Yes, there's a way to alias one tag to another. Not sure how that works when both tags already exist and have a bunch of assorted questions, but after some cleanup it'd probably be a good idea. :) –  cHao Nov 26 '12 at 6:02
1  
FYI — Nobody is using postal-address but there are a few mail-address, so it's probably better to suggest that. –  Kevin Reid Jun 1 '13 at 16:17
    
@KevinReid There are many more street-address-tagged questions. –  Matt Jun 12 '13 at 16:08
add comment

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .