Minor/Moderate Problem:

From my minimal time here, it appears that there are several tags: , and a few others tagged as on Meta, which might have an ambiguous meaning.

Certain tags can, especially by new users, be misinterpreted. Some, especially the acronyms, have several relevant meanings.

Possible Solution #1: When tags are added to a question, there is already a tag suggestion feature (which I can't seem to capture via Shutter. drat.).

When you type in "jcl" into the tags you only see . Could this list be augmented to include a list of possible ambiguities. Similar in purpose to the Wikipedia Disambiguation feature, we could provide:

<- This one grayed out

Possible Ambiguity, please select from the following tags to be more specific

- a software framework for the Microsoft Windows operating system...

- Global system of interconnected computer networks serving billions of users worldwide...

Possible Solution #2: or perhaps something much less dramatic, just including these ambiguities in the tag auto-completed options:

User types in "net" and sees:

even though the word "internet" doesn't start with 'net'.

  • I like the first one, we've wanted that on UL for some ambiguous tags (for example, [cd] can refer to the command or the disc) Jul 28, 2011 at 5:01
  • Worth noting: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/100669/…
    – user102937
    Aug 3, 2011 at 20:46
  • @Robert, Yep! Can't wait for the devs to mark this question as [status-completed]. But I'm using this as a repository of ambiguous tags in the mean time.
    – M. Tibbits
    Aug 3, 2011 at 20:49

1 Answer 1


Maybe we could add a new thing to the Tag Wiki for the tag dropdown, call it Tag Hint, and it could show a very short tagging info piece, like so:

Tag Hint Example

This would really help, since most users don't hover over the tag for the tag excerpt instructions before they post.

  • 3
    That's an excellent idea. And for the record, I tried three different ways to get a screen shot of that feature. Were you using Windows? (I've been in Ubuntu.)
    – M. Tibbits
    Jul 28, 2011 at 4:09
  • I use Snagit I've found it to be the best, and it has a great editor. Jul 28, 2011 at 4:24

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