Let me start by saying that I know that there is gamification in receiving tag-badges. Users* want the badges to show they have skills in certain areas.
I am active the sql tags and I have seen an increase in what I would call bad tagging. Examples of bad tagging, include adding select, MySQL error message tags, query to basic SQL questions.
Now, I know these tags are related, but they seem to be adding unnecessary noise, so I was looking for an official stance on how to handle this and I did not find a clear answer. A few of the posts send mixed messages:
The question happened to be about SQL tags and the accepted answer basically says there are five tags so use them if the tag is relevant.
The next question:
Had a great answer from Jeff Atwood
No, you should not add tags that are a superset of the question.
Those two answers seem to disagree with each other. Then I found the How do I correctly tag my questions with a great answer by Joel Coehoorn that says:
- Do not re-tag a question if you are not going to add value to the question information by doing it.
- Do re-tag questions to use well-known and popular tags that are appropriate for the question.
What is considered appropriate tagging? Are these edits incorrect? Should they be rolled back?
I don't want to get into editing/rollback wars with people, and I was hesitant to even ask a question about it, but how should these edits be handled?
*Even high-rep users
tablewhen asking a sql question. Same principle here.