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Recall that if the tag foo-bar exists, it is impossible to create either the tag foobar (which differs only in hyphenation) or the tag foo-bars (which differs only by a trailing "s").

Now, look. I understand why Stack Overflow needs this. This probably reduces the amount of garbage tags that are created by a factor of a lot. Great.

But on small sites, where we have enough high-rep non-moderators to vet every single question that is posted, we don't need this. Not only do we not need this, but it's actively harmful.

Suppose that a well-meaning user with enough rep to create tags (just 150 in public beta) comes by our site about Presidents of the US and wants to ask a question about Millard Fillmore. Well, of course nobody has asked a question about Millard Fillmore, because what did that guy even do? So our enterprising user decides to tag his question with millardfillmore. Well, our site has been standardizing on properly-spaced tags like george-washington and abraham-lincoln, so we would like to have our question tagged millard-fillmore, but we can't do that without invoking a moderator. (Or using a stupid workaround that involves tagging it with something random, waiting for the zero-use-tag-deleter to run at 03:00 UTC, and then tagging it appropriately.)

I'm not positing this issue as a hypothetical: this has happened over a dozen times on Anime.SE, and we have a meta post over there about it: http://meta.anime.stackexchange.com/q/966/1908Fixing tag hyphenation issues shouldn't be so hard.

I don't know what the best way to fix this is (some ideas are posited in the linked post); my inclination is to make the tag-creation-preventer a thing that can be selectively enabled, and only enabling it on sites with lots of new posts per day. A reasonable cutoff might be somewhere near Academia (15 questions/day) or Biology (10 questions/day).

Note: the post I linked mentions some auxiliary issues surrounding preservation of tag wikis; these become moot if we can just fix the damn hyphenation/pluralization issue in the first place before a wiki even gets written.

Recall that if the tag foo-bar exists, it is impossible to create either the tag foobar (which differs only in hyphenation) or the tag foo-bars (which differs only by a trailing "s").

Now, look. I understand why Stack Overflow needs this. This probably reduces the amount of garbage tags that are created by a factor of a lot. Great.

But on small sites, where we have enough high-rep non-moderators to vet every single question that is posted, we don't need this. Not only do we not need this, but it's actively harmful.

Suppose that a well-meaning user with enough rep to create tags (just 150 in public beta) comes by our site about Presidents of the US and wants to ask a question about Millard Fillmore. Well, of course nobody has asked a question about Millard Fillmore, because what did that guy even do? So our enterprising user decides to tag his question with millardfillmore. Well, our site has been standardizing on properly-spaced tags like george-washington and abraham-lincoln, so we would like to have our question tagged millard-fillmore, but we can't do that without invoking a moderator. (Or using a stupid workaround that involves tagging it with something random, waiting for the zero-use-tag-deleter to run at 03:00 UTC, and then tagging it appropriately.)

I'm not positing this issue as a hypothetical: this has happened over a dozen times on Anime.SE, and we have a meta post over there about it: http://meta.anime.stackexchange.com/q/966/1908.

I don't know what the best way to fix this is (some ideas are posited in the linked post); my inclination is to make the tag-creation-preventer a thing that can be selectively enabled, and only enabling it on sites with lots of new posts per day. A reasonable cutoff might be somewhere near Academia (15 questions/day) or Biology (10 questions/day).

Note: the post I linked mentions some auxiliary issues surrounding preservation of tag wikis; these become moot if we can just fix the damn hyphenation/pluralization issue in the first place before a wiki even gets written.

Recall that if the tag foo-bar exists, it is impossible to create either the tag foobar (which differs only in hyphenation) or the tag foo-bars (which differs only by a trailing "s").

Now, look. I understand why Stack Overflow needs this. This probably reduces the amount of garbage tags that are created by a factor of a lot. Great.

But on small sites, where we have enough high-rep non-moderators to vet every single question that is posted, we don't need this. Not only do we not need this, but it's actively harmful.

Suppose that a well-meaning user with enough rep to create tags (just 150 in public beta) comes by our site about Presidents of the US and wants to ask a question about Millard Fillmore. Well, of course nobody has asked a question about Millard Fillmore, because what did that guy even do? So our enterprising user decides to tag his question with millardfillmore. Well, our site has been standardizing on properly-spaced tags like george-washington and abraham-lincoln, so we would like to have our question tagged millard-fillmore, but we can't do that without invoking a moderator. (Or using a stupid workaround that involves tagging it with something random, waiting for the zero-use-tag-deleter to run at 03:00 UTC, and then tagging it appropriately.)

I'm not positing this issue as a hypothetical: this has happened over a dozen times on Anime.SE, and we have a meta post over there about it: Fixing tag hyphenation issues shouldn't be so hard.

I don't know what the best way to fix this is (some ideas are posited in the linked post); my inclination is to make the tag-creation-preventer a thing that can be selectively enabled, and only enabling it on sites with lots of new posts per day. A reasonable cutoff might be somewhere near Academia (15 questions/day) or Biology (10 questions/day).

Note: the post I linked mentions some auxiliary issues surrounding preservation of tag wikis; these become moot if we can just fix the damn hyphenation/pluralization issue in the first place before a wiki even gets written.

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Recall that it if the tag foobarfoo-bar exists, it is impossible to create either the tag foobarsfoobar (which differs only in hyphenation) or the tag foo-bars (which differs only by a trailing "s").

Now, look. I understand why Stack Overflow needs this. This probably reduces the amount of garbage tags that are created by a factor of a lot. Great.

But on small sites, where we have enough high-rep non-moderators to vet every single question that is posted, we don't need this. Not only do we not need this, but it's actively harmful.

Suppose that a well-meaning user with enough rep to create tags (just 150 in public beta) comes by our site about Presidents of the US and wants to ask a question about Millard Fillmore. Well, of course nobody has asked a question about Millard Fillmore, because what did that guy even do? So our enterprising user decides to tag his question with millardfillmore. Well, our site has been standardizing on properly-spaced tags like george-washington and abraham-lincoln, so we would like to have our question tagged millard-fillmore, but we can't do that without invoking a moderator. (Or using a stupid workaround that involves tagging it with something random, waiting for the zero-useruse-tag-deleter to run at 03:00 UTC, and then tagging it appropriately.)

I'm not positing this issue as a hypothetical: this has happened over a dozen times on Anime.SE, and we have a meta post over there about it: http://meta.anime.stackexchange.com/q/966/1908.

I don't know what the best way to fix this is (some ideas are posited in the linked post); my inclination is to make the tag-creation-preventer a thing that can be selectively enabled, and only enabling it on sites with lots of new posts per day. A reasonable cutoff might be somewhere near TravelAcademia (16 posts15 questions/day) or ChemistryBiology (10 postsquestions/day).

Note: the post I linked mentions some auxiliary issues surrounding preservation of tag wikis; these become moot if we can just fix the damn hyphenation/pluralization issue in the first place before a wiki even gets written.

Recall that it if the tag foobar exists, it is impossible to create either the tag foobars (which differs only in hyphenation) or the tag foo-bars (which differs only by a trailing "s").

Now, look. I understand why Stack Overflow needs this. This probably reduces the amount of garbage tags that are created by a factor of a lot. Great.

But on small sites, where we have enough high-rep non-moderators to vet every single question that is posted, we don't need this. Not only do we not need this, but it's actively harmful.

Suppose that a well-meaning user with enough rep to create tags (just 150 in public beta) comes by our site about Presidents of the US and wants to ask a question about Millard Fillmore. Well, of course nobody has asked a question about Millard Fillmore, because what did that guy even do? So our enterprising user decides to tag his question with millardfillmore. Well, our site has been standardizing on properly-spaced tags like george-washington and abraham-lincoln, so we would like to have our question tagged millard-fillmore, but we can't do that without invoking a moderator. (Or using a stupid workaround that involves tagging it with something random, waiting for the zero-user-tag-deleter to run, and then tagging it appropriately.)

I'm not positing this issue as a hypothetical: this has happened over a dozen times on Anime.SE, and we have a meta post over there about it: http://meta.anime.stackexchange.com/q/966/1908.

I don't know what the best way to fix this is (some ideas are posited in the linked post); my inclination is to make the tag-creation-preventer a thing that can be selectively enabled, and only enabling it on sites with lots of new posts per day. A reasonable cutoff might be somewhere near Travel (16 posts/day) or Chemistry (10 posts/day).

Note: the post I linked mentions some auxiliary issues surrounding preservation of tag wikis; these become moot if we can just fix the damn hyphenation/pluralization issue in the first place before a wiki even gets written.

Recall that if the tag foo-bar exists, it is impossible to create either the tag foobar (which differs only in hyphenation) or the tag foo-bars (which differs only by a trailing "s").

Now, look. I understand why Stack Overflow needs this. This probably reduces the amount of garbage tags that are created by a factor of a lot. Great.

But on small sites, where we have enough high-rep non-moderators to vet every single question that is posted, we don't need this. Not only do we not need this, but it's actively harmful.

Suppose that a well-meaning user with enough rep to create tags (just 150 in public beta) comes by our site about Presidents of the US and wants to ask a question about Millard Fillmore. Well, of course nobody has asked a question about Millard Fillmore, because what did that guy even do? So our enterprising user decides to tag his question with millardfillmore. Well, our site has been standardizing on properly-spaced tags like george-washington and abraham-lincoln, so we would like to have our question tagged millard-fillmore, but we can't do that without invoking a moderator. (Or using a stupid workaround that involves tagging it with something random, waiting for the zero-use-tag-deleter to run at 03:00 UTC, and then tagging it appropriately.)

I'm not positing this issue as a hypothetical: this has happened over a dozen times on Anime.SE, and we have a meta post over there about it: http://meta.anime.stackexchange.com/q/966/1908.

I don't know what the best way to fix this is (some ideas are posited in the linked post); my inclination is to make the tag-creation-preventer a thing that can be selectively enabled, and only enabling it on sites with lots of new posts per day. A reasonable cutoff might be somewhere near Academia (15 questions/day) or Biology (10 questions/day).

Note: the post I linked mentions some auxiliary issues surrounding preservation of tag wikis; these become moot if we can just fix the damn hyphenation/pluralization issue in the first place before a wiki even gets written.

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A pox upon small sites: the thing that prevents you from creating plural or hyphenated versions of tags

Recall that it if the tag foobar exists, it is impossible to create either the tag foobars (which differs only in hyphenation) or the tag foo-bars (which differs only by a trailing "s").

Now, look. I understand why Stack Overflow needs this. This probably reduces the amount of garbage tags that are created by a factor of a lot. Great.

But on small sites, where we have enough high-rep non-moderators to vet every single question that is posted, we don't need this. Not only do we not need this, but it's actively harmful.

Suppose that a well-meaning user with enough rep to create tags (just 150 in public beta) comes by our site about Presidents of the US and wants to ask a question about Millard Fillmore. Well, of course nobody has asked a question about Millard Fillmore, because what did that guy even do? So our enterprising user decides to tag his question with millardfillmore. Well, our site has been standardizing on properly-spaced tags like george-washington and abraham-lincoln, so we would like to have our question tagged millard-fillmore, but we can't do that without invoking a moderator. (Or using a stupid workaround that involves tagging it with something random, waiting for the zero-user-tag-deleter to run, and then tagging it appropriately.)

I'm not positing this issue as a hypothetical: this has happened over a dozen times on Anime.SE, and we have a meta post over there about it: http://meta.anime.stackexchange.com/q/966/1908.

I don't know what the best way to fix this is (some ideas are posited in the linked post); my inclination is to make the tag-creation-preventer a thing that can be selectively enabled, and only enabling it on sites with lots of new posts per day. A reasonable cutoff might be somewhere near Travel (16 posts/day) or Chemistry (10 posts/day).

Note: the post I linked mentions some auxiliary issues surrounding preservation of tag wikis; these become moot if we can just fix the damn hyphenation/pluralization issue in the first place before a wiki even gets written.