After a big hoo-haa about purported tag-abuse recently, I thought I'd try and clarify things here.
"why not keep the existing question"?
I deleted it; it was too personal about one individual, which isn't fair when that "event" has been dealt with already.
So; to clarify; in my opinion (and I welcome other views):
- tags categorise problems by technology (
java) / subject (
serialization) / product (
oracle), etc - although obviously this meaning changes slightly per-site
- they aren't an IM tool
- they shouldn't be used to target individuals as a way to receive questions
So; if you see any user-specific tags, please either edit them out, or if there are lots - flag for a moderator (we might be able to merge them into a related technology).
I'd welcome any other ideas, but no heads on spikes please.