There is a question here, Can anybody tell me what language is this? My answer got an upvote yesterday, so I happened to look at it again. The question is about what the computer language is, and, due to it already being suggested to the questioner that it is COBOL, it was originally tagged cobol.
It is not COBOL. It is not even close to COBOL.
If it had not been tagged cobol, I wouldn't have seen it. It should have been tagged mainframe, not just ibm.
So, my answer, which I only was able to contribute as it was tagged cobol, now counts towards my cobol "badge" (10% towards it!) even though it is nothing to do with COBOL, and doesn't count towards my mainframe "badge", even though it is to do with an IBM Mainframe (with an operating system called VM, no, nothing to do with that one).
The question is Closed.
My thought is to re-tag it, removing the cobol and adding mainframe, but I don't want the thing "bounced" by a moderator, because the question itself mentions COBOL. The "retag" doesn't have a comments box. If I were to edit the post (which I can't, it's Closed), I'd have to invent some changes anyway, rather than just retag, and only then can I comment.
The questioner does seem to be around, so what I'll actually do is leave a comment, but if the questioner hadn't appeared for a month, what would be an acceptable way to clear this up.
To re-cap. Reasonable tag to start with, but becomes entirely specious after answer. If the questioner is not currently active, what to do?
There's a somewhat misty question here, which relates to "badges". I'd not have seen the question if not tagged Cobol, yet answering the question bore no relation to my Cobol knowledge, and yet the 10 goes towards my Cobol badge. Doesn't seem a fair reflection. OK, maybe to put up with it, because things can't be perfect.
Progressing from that, what'd be stopping me "hyping" my "badges" by adding tags to questions. I wasn't aware of the badges until this morning (only found out about @ in the comments whilst researching the question!) and am now interested in how the whole badges vs content should work.