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Sometimes I see a question where the tags are like: .NET ajax

That is, some of the tags in the set are redundant to the tag-set's meaning (which could be simplified to or ajax).

What is the proper retagging ettiquite in these cases - if any retagging at all?

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That's a tough one, sometime five tags really isn't enough. – Lance Roberts Apr 8 '10 at 19:17
My only thought is that if you are asking a question about Visual Studio, but it could apply to any version, don't use the tag "visual-studio-2010" or similar. Some tags are more specific than the question requires. – JYelton Apr 8 '10 at 19:57
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That actually looks reasonable to me.

  • generally implies ASP.NET WebForms (otherwise it would be tagged
  • refers to the Microsoft ASP.NET Ajax library, which applies to both WebForms and MVC
  • ajax is a general tag that might imply that the issue is not entirely specific to the ASP.NET Ajax library - maybe it's a general Ajax question and the question author simply happens to be using the MS Ajax library
  • .net should definitely be there - even though implies .net, it helps a lot with tag searches, favourite tags, etc. to have that top level tag. Most .NET questions tend to be tagged with either .net, c#, or As above, the .net tag may imply that the asker happens to be using ASP.NET but that the question may really be more generally about .NET.

So I would say leave it the way it is.

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You'd have to be pretty stupid to think that those four tags mean the same thing. – JSONBog Apr 8 '10 at 19:27
The tags themselves are different - but put together they mean the same thing. For example, : .NET ajax as a set of tags, has the same meaning as the set: AJAX. That's what I'm asking. – rlb.usa Apr 8 '10 at 19:59
More tags mean more coverage for people favouriting tags. It's better to have more than fewer, as long as the tags are individually valid. – JSONBog Apr 8 '10 at 20:06
Wel'Bog, I'd accept your answer if it was one. – rlb.usa Apr 8 '10 at 20:17
@rlb.usa: Actually, and ajax would not be the same as ASP.NET Ajax is a single library and there are other ways to create Ajax requests in ASP.NET (jQuery, for instance - a question tagged + ajax + jquery would make perfect sense). – Aarobot Apr 8 '10 at 20:37

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