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While perusing the ambiguous language tag (1/3 of the way through right now!), I checked out what tags we currently have with either "language", "lang", or "lingu" in them. One of the ones that caught my eye was which-language (27). They're all questions about "Which programming language should I use for this project?" Do we think it is better to keep this kind of tag, or should it be reassigned to, say, programming-languages? All 27 currently tagged are about programming languages specifically.

We already have question-descriptive tags that apply to the nature of the question itself rather than the problem raised in the question. Probably the most well-known one is the subjective tag. There is merit to keeping these kind of tags if they are a prevalent class of questions; it would be useful for specific classes of question that could probably benefit from being grouped together. However, the decision of whether a question class is prevalent enough is bigger than one person can make. Care needs to be exercised to prevent a growing snowball of tags resulting things in like what-is-this and how-do-i, which in turn means tags will lean away from actually describing the problem itself.

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While we're at it, the related language-choice (15) is 40% questions that would be which-language, and in review of the other 60%, I'm also concerned about its status as a tag.

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After looking through some of the questions tagged [which-language], I'm not a big fan. There are a few decent questions that might be of general interest (e.g., What programming language will enable me to enter a very long number without converting it to floating point?), but many of these questions amount to "What language should I learn next?" I think a lot of the questions should be closed and the tag merged into [programming-languages].

As for question-descriptive tags, like [subjective], I've never really thought they had much use except something to add to my Ignore list. I know it's impossible to get rid of now, but I'd really like to see the use of that tag and many like it reduced.

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I, too, dislike [subjective] (it's a dependent-adjective that refers to only the question, so double negatives!), but it is way too large and prevalent to consider removing. As I go through the [language], should I flag the questions which would classify as [which-language]? –  Grace Note May 18 '10 at 13:49
    
Yes, you can flag those and I'll take a look at them. –  Bill the Lizard May 18 '10 at 14:06
    
I agree with you but have used up my upvotes for the day. (And it's only 10am!) –  The Unhandled Exception May 18 '10 at 14:07

should it be reassigned to, say, [programming-languages]?

I'd say yes, especially as [programming-languages] is already in use for such questions.

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"Yes" isn't an answer to an "Option A or Option B?" question! –  Grace Note May 18 '10 at 13:42
    
Sorry, still having my mind half on my work ;) –  Georg Fritzsche May 18 '10 at 13:43
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@ccornet: Yes it is. It means at least one of the options is true. –  balpha May 18 '10 at 13:57

I agree with Bill, the [which-language] tag is not very useful. I think such questions should probably be tagged with some combo like [programming-languages] [discussion] or [programming-languages] [suggestion]

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[discussion] and [suggestion] are meta-tags. They're fine (even necessary) for this site, but I wouldn't want to use them on any of the main trilogy sites. –  Bill the Lizard May 18 '10 at 14:25
    
I agree that they belong on meta, but [discussion] is used 500+ times on SO... –  The Unhandled Exception May 18 '10 at 14:53
    
@Bill: I guess the problem is, "which language to use" is probably going to be subjective, it's asking for suggestions and will cause a discussion... –  The Unhandled Exception May 18 '10 at 14:54
    
You're right. I hadn't noticed that tag was already so prevalent. :( –  Bill the Lizard May 18 '10 at 15:14

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