Can someone please create the tag on our site? We need to have it because

  • Foo is a recent/upcoming release / edition / model / episode of a popular, established OS / board game / bike brand / TV show
  • Foo is a hot new language / ingredient / game
  • we're currently using some other tag for questions about Foo, but it's causing ambiguity with a separate thing that's also named Foo

This is not a joke post. We get a lot of feature requests that ask for this or that tag to be created, and every time, a discussion ensues wherein people explain that there is no "tag creation department" and that community members create tags just by using them. I'm posting this "question" so that future requests of that type can be closed as a duplicate of this, saving time and eliminating redundant conversations for everyone involved.

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    For a moment, I took this way too literally... – Bill the Lizard Sep 13 '12 at 16:45
  • while I agree and +1ed this, I don't think this question is asked that much to be in the faq list. And, what will happen if this get accepted or declined?, it will then no serve much value in the list. (this query seems to confirm that f-requests + faq isn't common) – ajax333221 Sep 13 '12 at 16:49
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    @ajax333221 It was only asked about four times in the last four days (give or take). It is annoying. – casperOne Sep 13 '12 at 16:54
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    I'm very tempted to create a new OS/language/library/framework and call it "foo". – Keith Thompson Sep 14 '12 at 2:18
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    Could you make [frob] while you're at it? I'm constantly frobbing foo and have some real questions about best practices. – Tim Post Sep 14 '12 at 7:16
  • To anyone who's confused by these comments, check the revision history of the question. – Pops Nov 26 '13 at 16:46
  • I don't understand the three bolded bullet points in the middle. Are they meant to link to questions? – starsplusplus Nov 26 '14 at 16:50
  • @starsplusplus somewhere along the line, having multiple editors on this question made the whole thing a weird, jumbled mess. I tried to restore some order just now. – Pops Nov 29 '14 at 16:13

When should a tag be created?

Tags should only be created if there is a clear need for them, such as if it represents a new concept that has not been asked on the site before, but is still on-topic for the site. For example, on Stack Overflow, if a new programming language has been created and is in wide use, but no one has asked any questions about it, a new tag should be created for it.

When should I not create a tag?

Don't create tags just for the sake of creating tags. You should use existing tags as much as possible, because people follow those existing tags, and this increases the likelihood of getting a good answer. Don't create tags that are meta tags, or tags that describe the nature of the question rather than its topic. Don't create tags that are overly broad or ambiguous, or cannot be used as the sole tag on any question. Finally, don't create tags if the same tag has existed before, but was removed due to a community decision.

How do I create a tag?

To create a tag, one must apply it to an existing question. Any user with the Create Tags privilege (150 on beta and non-designed sites, 300 on most designed sites, 500 on Meta Stack Exchange, 1000 on Mathematics, and 1500 on Stack Overflow) may add new tags to any question at will by typing the new tag into the question's tags field, and submitting the post or edit1.

If you have enough reputation to create the tag

If you think there is a clear need for a tag, go ahead and create it yourself. If the new tag causes controversy, you can always come back to your site's meta to ask the community to judge it.

If you are creating a new tag, you may be prompted about it before you can submit your edit or new post. This warning is enabled on a site-specific basis.

If you don't have enough reputation to create the tag

Ask the question with a remotely related existing tag, and then add a comment on your question. Say that you wanted to add the tag to the question, but do not have enough reputation. Please consider including a reason why you think this tag is appropriate. If someone with enough reputation agrees with you, they will be able to create the tag. Please delete your comment once this has happened.

As an alternative, you can request a new tag by starting a discussion on the per-site meta. Clearly explain that you don't have enough reputation to create a new tag. This gives other people the opportunity to discuss if a new tag is needed.

1 Exception: a small number of tags may have been blacklisted on your site because they're not suitable; these tags cannot be created.

  • I give up @sha :-) and don't apologise for being picky; it's my life-blood – ben is uǝq backwards Feb 14 '13 at 15:28
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    Out of curiosity, is there any chance the tag blacklist is publicly available? – DanteTheEgregore Sep 6 '13 at 12:41
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    What would be a good definition of "clear need"? – Bach Jun 17 '14 at 13:22
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    @Bach in this context, "clear" is synonymous with "obvious." Granted, that's subjective, but users with enough reputation to create tags are expected to have good enough judgment to make those calls. And they're only tags anyways; the occasional mistakes aren't the end of the world. – Pops Jun 17 '14 at 15:23

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