I am a relatively new user in Ask Ubuntu site, which is a subsite of the Stack Exchange network. After participating in the Questions and answers in the AU site for a while, I see that, the "tags" are very important in this site. (It is also very important on all SE sites). I often see and feel that, Moderators and Community members have a hard time deleting tags, which were created by users (without having good knowledge about the importance of tags). I also experienced a situation where a user trying to delete tag, created a new one as accidentally and was unaware of this new tag. (We are requested to delete that tag, because that is no longer important).

So, I feel that, tag creation should not be that easy and should go through some approval by moderators before being used in the system. That's why I am proposing this request.

We can apply to the system one or more of these methods to prevent unimportant tags being created.

  • We can increase the required reputation level from 300 to 2000. It is now 300
  • New tags should go through moderator approval before being used. The user can still type a new tag name, but that new tag will only appear in the question after moderator approval

I want to hear from community members about this particular request.


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300 is quite a high enough limit honestly. I mean, if you reach 300 rep, it means you did participate in the community and the site itself (at least a bit).
2K seems like too much for me. Tags are important — yes — but a wrong tag might not create so many problems, and in any case, not that many problems to justify a 2K limit privilege.

Another thing: apart from the fact that moderators already have quite a few duties to take care of, adding this one wouldn't have that much effect. Consider that a tag, in order to survive, must be used.

If you create a tag and nobody else uses it, the system will purge it. So it's not like a wrong tag is a scar forever. It'll be seen sooner or later, either by the system or by the community: no need for exclusive moderator action.

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