What is the policy on tagging questions with supersets of tags?

For instance, the tag is a superset of because if a question is tagged it must by definition have something to do with C++. Personally I don't find it very helpful, to tag such a question with both and , because that is utterly redundant information (note: if you argue that there might be a -tagged question which does not deserve the tag, then apparently I chose an invalid example, but the question remains).

  1. Now, what is the consensus on this problem?
  2. If it is contrary to my intuition: Why does it make more sense to always include supersets?

Speaking from experience, the tag is used for all Mathematica related questions, including those that are version specific, also bear , etc. I think this is very helpful, as I only have to view one tag page, yet I can also clearly see the domain of version specific questions. If the questions did not have the generic tag, I would likely miss them.

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    That's why you can add mathematica* to your list of favorite tags. – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 29 '11 at 0:30
  • @Null Unless I am missing a feature, there is no easy way to view only questions with favorite tags. If there is, that would weaken my position. – Mr.Wizard Nov 29 '11 at 0:33
  • Isn't the current front page good enough ? – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 29 '11 at 0:35
  • @Mr.Wizard stackoverflow.com/?tab=interesting perhaps – Some Helpful Commenter Nov 29 '11 at 0:36
  • @Conrad no, that shows piles of stuff I don't want to see, and very little of what I do want to see. – Mr.Wizard Nov 29 '11 at 0:37
  • @Mr.Wizard well you can set up a filter at stackexchange.com/filters but its a but klunky – Some Helpful Commenter Nov 29 '11 at 0:39
  • @Conrad, I took another look at that. I had not realized I could filter for multiple tags at once. That is a valid solution, so I guess my answer above is not particularly relevant. – Mr.Wizard Nov 29 '11 at 0:44

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