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Tag description/list for “special” tags used on Meta

Some tags are colored in red:

  • faq
  • status-bydesign
  • status-completed
  • status-deferred
  • status-declined
  • status-planned
  • stauts-norepro
  • status-reproduced
  • status-review

While others have a dark gray border:

  • bug
  • discussion
  • feature-request
  • support

I couldn't find any information about this in the FAQ, nor a Google search on

I was wondering if there is a comprehensive explanation as to the differences between these tags and the other (normally colored) tags. (If there isn't one, I guess this answer could be the resource to describe it to other users.)

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marked as duplicate by random Apr 30 '10 at 10:02

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Should the title be "What are the special tags in" or "Why are some tags colored/formatted differently in"? I think both are valid titles, and both are equally likely to be searched for (e.g. in Google). Should there be two questions with one of them linking to the other? – Senseful Apr 30 '10 at 0:05
Also a duplicate of… – Jon Seigel Apr 30 '10 at 12:31
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Moderator Tags (red colored tags)

These tags can only be used by moderators. If you try submitting a question with one of these, you will see an error message similar to the following:

the tag 'faq' is moderator-only

Their meanings are as follows:

  • faq: a frequently asked question, as determined by the moderators. If you believe that your question should be tagged with faq, you could tag it with the non-moderator tag faq-proposed instead.
  • status-bydesign: the bug reported is in fact not a bug, it is the intended behavior.
  • status-completed: the bug has been fixed or the feature has been implemented.
  • status-deferred:
  • status-declined: a feature request was declined by the development team and won't be implemented.
  • status-planned: a bug or feature request will be implemented in the near future.
  • status-norepro: the bug was not reproducible by the development team.
  • status-reproduced: the bug was reproduced by the development team, a fix is likely to occur in the near future.
  • status-review:

Other Tags (dark gray border tags)

Your question must have at least one of these tags specified, otherwise you will see the error message:

must include one of these tags -- bug feature-request discussion support

Their meanings are as follows:

  • bug: a bug on one of the stackoverflow trilogy sites was found and submitted. It may then be tagged by one of the following: status-norepro, status-reproduced, status-completed, or status-bydesign.
  • feature-request: a change to the trilogy has been requested by a user. It may then be tagged by one of the following: status-deferred, status-completed, status-declined, status-planned, or status-review.
  • support:
  • discussion:
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I made this answer a wiki, feel free to improve it. – Senseful Apr 30 '10 at 0:03

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