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At the moment there is no tag for the windows phone store.

There is a rather complicated review process for getting an app accepted to the phone store, this is all things that are on-topic, and are related specifically to QA aspects of the store and the review process.

I've noticed that all the questions related don't have a tag when I wanted to search for them.

Today I asked a WP8 store question and used my tag creation priviledge to create a tag for windows phone store.

A high reputation user edited the tag out and removed it, so some people (obviously) don't agree that a should exist. I figured the right thing to do is to open it for meta discussion.

  • Should there be a Windows Phone 8 Store tag? Why?
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Was it Charles? :) Best approach would be to find a couple of questions that need the tag and to edit all of them. And give the wiki a bit of material. Then it's less likely to be deleted. – Bart Sep 8 '13 at 20:26
I almost removed it earlier (and voted to close your question)... I think the tag is appropriate for the question but I'm less certain that the question is appropriate for the site. It was a close call. – ben is uǝq backwards Sep 8 '13 at 20:28
Yeah, I wonder if the review process is a topic for the site. Not really sure. – Bart Sep 8 '13 at 20:29
@benisuǝqbackwards Why? It's a specific question relating to an actual programming problem I'm facing as a developer. It's applicable to the developer crowd, it's not opinion based, and it has a simple answer (hopefully). – Benjamin Gruenbaum Sep 8 '13 at 20:29
You're skirting the "how do I upload my app to the app store" territory, except you've asked it a lot better than most of them. The difference is with your question that it obviously doesn't make sense and it's the documentation that's at fault... as I said it was a close call and I didn't vote to close :-). – ben is uǝq backwards Sep 8 '13 at 20:31
For the protocol, I asked in a facebook group and they told me that I'm supposed to scan the app with windows defender. I don't really trust their advice, I really don't want to fail certification because iterations could take weeks. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Sep 8 '13 at 20:33
@Bart, oh ye of little faith, it was a new tag, and it got deleted, of course it was me! So actually, I think I intended to replace it with one the Windows Store tags, but spaced on it. Is there an actual difference between the Windows Store bits and the Windows Store bits in the context of Windows Phone 8 applications? – Charles Sep 9 '13 at 3:30
@Charles Yes, the store is different, the QA criteria is different and acceptance is different. Windows Store answers are pretty much useless as a filter for windows phone stuff and even worse, because there is no tag they show up in google searches - the keywords are similar (windows and store, and people talking about phoning Microsoft or their customers about things), this makes looking for WP store answers even harder. (Yes, I'm looking at you people in Microsoft that name things - it used to have a distinct name (marketplace) but for some reason they decided to change it). – Benjamin Gruenbaum Sep 9 '13 at 5:22
If anyone ever calls you unreliable @Charles, send them to me. ;) – Bart Sep 9 '13 at 7:53
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I think such a tag should exist for the following reasons.

  • The Microsoft documentation system MSDN has very bad SEO (I've discussed it with their developer relations), it's very had to find related material on it. For instance the question I asked today got a decent amount of views and upvotes but no answers yet.
  • It's sufficiently different from other windows phone 8 questions. It's a different group of questions specifically related to the APIs related to the store, how they work, and how to get past the review process.
  • It would have saved me time before. I wanted to do a tag search looking for store acceptance QA answers.

My question is not the only one there:

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