I want to ask a question about Facebook's JavaScript SDK so I used that tag but the site won't allow me to post my question because it says I must also have a tag that's not related to Facebook! This makes no sense to me! My question is about Facebook and the JavaScript SDK. Why would I include a tag that's about something else?


Because chances are, your question is probably about something else. In addition to Facebook. Something more specific to the subset of all possible Facebook programming questions. And a tag that describes that topic goes a long way toward helping folks find it, understand it, and - hopefully - answer it...

So you gotta ask yourself, "I know my question is about Facebook, but what else is it about?"

Perhaps you're using JavaScript. Or PHP.

Maybe you're manipulating a browser's DOM. Or generating HTML. Or authenticating with OAuth.

Those are all tags that could help to better classify your question. There are many others. Use them!

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    I used the tag "facebook-javascript-sdk. Exactly what "non-facebook" tag should I add to "better classify" my question? Your comment may have made sense when there was only a "facebook" tag but now we have things like "facebook-javascript-sdk" which says it all. The site asking for an additional non-facebook tag to make it clearer is just plain confusing. Jan 6 '12 at 4:39
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    @Steve: actually, that tag describes one thing. It implies a couple of others (Facebook, JavaScript), but that doesn't mean you can't be explicit about them. And in fact, you should. And there's a pretty good chance that, whatever you're trying to do with the SDK, there's a tag for that too... Use it.
    – Shog9
    Jan 6 '12 at 4:48
  • I added the (redundant) "JavaScript" tag and that got my question posted and then I got a very good answer right away, so it all ended well for me. It does seem, though, that you guys are addressing the slowest 1% of people who come to these forums, which tends to confuse and insult the rest. I mean, really, you're assuming that even though I've tagged my question "Facebook-javascript-sdk" I probably won't be able to describe it well enough to be understood so I need to find more tags to help me. Already I feel insulted, before anyone has even seen what I write. Just some honest feedback. Jan 6 '12 at 5:49
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    @Steve: tagging serves a different purpose than simply describing the question as you stand looking at the page its on. I mean, it serves that purpose too... But that's not its primary role. And... It's not just the slow 1% that get it wrong. Most folks get it wrong. That's the problem with a folksonomy - the folks. If we can get one or two decent tags out of the author, editors can usually step in and add more as-needed - and just about anyone can edit.
    – Shog9
    Jan 6 '12 at 6:10
  • What would you say the "something else" is for this question: facebook.stackoverflow.com/questions/12900549/… ? Oct 15 '12 at 18:19

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