See previous topic: What did happen with “xpathengines” and “xqueryengines” tags, and why?
An unknown moderator performed two tag merges. A few users frequenting the xpath tag objected. Other moderators and other SO users tried to help explain the decision to those users.
The primary argument in favor of the merge is that having a tag just for all implementations of xpath/xquery reduces the visibility of those questions. Questions placed under the tag also had very little to no relationship to each other. The tag did not help categorize the questions in a way that would assist question askers.
The primary argument against the merge seemed to be that the objecting users simply don't want questions in the
xquerytags that aren't completely dedicated solely to those tags. This seems to be an argument about semantic purity.
While using the 10k tools page, I noticed some new xpath-related tags spring into existence. It seems that some questions that were previously tagged
xpath are now having that tag removed and replaced with xpath-implementation. Some other xpath-related questions are being un-
xpath'd and being given other xpath-related-but-not-
xpath tags, like xpath-2.0-implementations (e: only question retagged by a moderator) and zend-framework-xpath (which I have removed from the one question that was retagged, in favor of tagging that will make the question findable by Zend Framework people).
This tag replacement is effectively the same thing that was previously undone by the moderation team. It's clear and obvious that
xpath-2.0-implementations tags are simple copies of the previous
I'd like to get a clear message from the moderation team in regard to:
- whether or not these new horribly-inspecific tags should exist, and
- whether or not xpath/xquery-related questions should be removed from the vanilla tags in favor of the specific tags
It's my opinion that these new tags should not exist, and xpath/xquery-related questions should not be purged from the vanilla tags. I'm more than willing to simply go through and revert the retags, but I expect that doing so without some diamond backing is going to result in an even larger drama explosion/trainwreck than the creation of this question will.