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Can we please have the [foo] tag on SO?

I'm working on a fun pair of programmable glasses called BrightEyes. There are 3 options for programming:

  • basic (using a media converter to put content on them)
  • medium (programming using the Arduino IDE)
  • advanced (going full AVR, attaching sensors, etc.)

I presume there will be questions about using them. Is it safe/a good idea to create a bright-eyes tag on stackoverflow to follow ?

I expect most questions will be related to Arduino/Processing and specs specific.

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marked as duplicate by ben is uǝq backwards, ChrisF, Second Rikudo, Shadow Wizard, Toon Krijthe Dec 10 '12 at 11:21

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New tags are created when they are applied to a question, you can't create a tag without having at least one relevant question first. When the first BrightEyes question appears, feel free to tag it as , assuming of course it will be an on topic question.

If you can think of a good question now, you might want to venture an Encyclopedia Stack Exchange question - answer pair, however be warned:

  • The community frowns on overt self-promotion, you must clearly and unambiguously disclose your affiliation, and
  • The community is generally tougher on self answered questions, if your question doesn't follow the normal guidelines it will be closed and possibly downvoted.

This is an extremely risky option, a badly formulated self answered question with a self promotion element will most certainly lead to a rain of downvotes on both the question and the answer. Up to you.

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Wouldn't that be "the community frowns on covert self promotion"? We want them to be up front if they're self promoting. –  Asad Dec 10 '12 at 11:27
    
@Asad No, overt (in the sense of obvious) is correct. If all you're doing is self promotion, and not, for example, also asking a useful to the wider community question, it doesn't really matter if you're upfront about it. –  Yannis Dec 10 '12 at 11:54
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In that case the word "overt" shouldn't be there at all, since we frown harder at covert self promotion. I'm in a naggy mood today, sorry. –  Asad Dec 10 '12 at 11:55
    
@Asad I agree it's a bit confusing, and if you post a feature request about changing the wording there, I'd upvote it. –  Yannis Dec 10 '12 at 11:56
    
I shall put one up post haste. –  Asad Dec 10 '12 at 11:58
    
Thank you for going into the self-promotion issue as well. I have no problem explaining my affiliation and the main purpose of the tag isn't to promote the product itself, but to gather all questions relevant to the product under one group/tag. The tag description should detail how the users can program using the device, but shouldn't contain shameless self promotion. –  George Profenza Dec 10 '12 at 12:14
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@GeorgeProfenza I assumed as much after I took a quick look at your profile. I only added the second part of the answer after I saw that you have a ton of valuable contributions already, I wouldn't point you to the self answer option if I was afraid you were yet another spammer or that you couldn't formulate a proper SO question. –  Yannis Dec 10 '12 at 12:17

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