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Some people, mostly newbies, often tag questions in such a way that ignored tags practically cannot work, e.g.: nsstring substring. (In this particular case I could probably add ns* to ignored list, but there are "worse" cases). I could in principle go to such questions and retag them, but in many cases I don't even know what a proper language/toolkit tag would be.

Can anyone suggest a way to "force" better tags on questions or at least autohint question writers about what tags would be useful?

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Red hot irons. Or hungry squirrels inserted into their pants. Alternatively, not allow them to create new tags, as I have suggested ad nauseam. –  nb69307 Apr 26 '10 at 21:53
    
Can't you not create new tags till you have 250 rep or something? –  Josh K Apr 26 '10 at 22:34
    
@Josh: Yep, but this doesn't help much (for this) because the question is how to require at least one "globally descriptive" tag rather than how to avoid new tags. –  doublep Apr 26 '10 at 22:37
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Besides implementing a higher rep (currently 250) for creating new tags, how about a small AJAX div that opens up under the tag saying

The following tags will be created: {tags}. Some similar existing tags are: {existing_tags}.

This will give them a visual notice that they are creating new tags and to maybe use one of the existing tags instead.

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@Josh: Maybe not "similar" but "related". E.g. java is not similar to hashmap, but it can be related if the latter was about java.util.HashMap. –  doublep Apr 26 '10 at 22:39
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We need a higher rep for tag creation. Definitely should be like 1k or so –  Earlz Apr 26 '10 at 23:01
    
There are so many tags you shouldn't ever need to create new ones. Really. –  Josh K Apr 26 '10 at 23:04
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