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.

When asking a question there are three suggested tags, put there as an example of what one can use:

enter image description here

and work as good examples of the sort of tags people should be using and the characters it's possible to use in a tag.

, however, does not. I'm not trying to get into an argument about how useful is; but, I do think it should be removed from this list as it might encourage poor tagging.

is one of the most commonly used tags on Stack Overflow but unlike and it normally requires extra clarification. The number of questions that get posted with only the tags and/or is really frustrating; forcing someone to ask what RDBMS the questioner is using.

Can the wording be changed to something like the following?

at least one tag such as (java, asp.net-mvc or sql and sql-server), max 5 tags

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Laura Apr 21 at 21:39

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – Laura
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Perhaps you could also add some examples of questions you have seen where only [database] is tagged. Here's a good example. –  Asad Dec 9 '12 at 11:27
    
I would love to @asad but my internet has just crapped out on me :(. I can assure you that if the question was at all good the tags will now have been changed which means it's a difficult task... Those that are left will normally be design questions or not worth saving. –  ben is uǝq backwards Dec 9 '12 at 11:42
    
Okay, not tagged just [database] but it's a completely pointless tag on this question: stackoverflow.com/questions/13786979/… –  ben is uǝq backwards Dec 9 '12 at 11:52
    
sql does not always need further information many queries can be written standard sql –  Mark Dec 18 '12 at 13:33
    
Of course @Mark, but as not every RDBMS implements the ANSI standard and those that do implement it differently a questioner will usually be able to get a better answer if they add the RDBMS in. –  ben is uǝq backwards Dec 18 '12 at 13:43
    
Isn't that list dynamically created from the most popular tags on the site? –  Al E. Dec 18 '12 at 13:43
    
I don't think so @ÄlËverett, no guarantees of course. It's always been the same as far as I remember. Either way there are better tags that could be used. Though now I look again [regex] is there. An equally bad tag... –  ben is uǝq backwards Dec 18 '12 at 13:45
    
The point is that standard sql is supported by most rdbms and so tagging with just this makes the question and answer relevant to many more people than just using the specific one –  Mark Dec 18 '12 at 14:12
add comment