At least in tags like , most questions asked by new users are frequently tagged with random tags that aren't appropriate for the topic. Most commonly, they are tags that are very specific to the user's question, like this question which adds , which is not really a useful tag.

I'd like to see a minimum reputation (say 50 or 100) for tagging a question with tags like this. I'm not totally sure what the right solution is there - tags with at least 100/200/500 questions? Tags with >0/>10/>100 followers? Unfortunately some of this is a 'I know it when I see it' type of thing, but I'm sure a reasonable rule could be created. Limiting to just tags with zero uses doesn't work, because lots of times other people have used these same tags inappropriately.

I also have a feeling this may be related to the 'suggested tags' at the bottom; how are those generated? If they're just a word match, then we might want to have some (more) limits on what tags show up in those tags - particularly if it could be done on a 'major'-tag basis (ie, has a relatively limited set of things that would make sense associated with it).

This is probably somewhat a rehash of this thread, but I don't see any result of that thread, so I'd be curious if we could reopen this for discussion.


I have a feeling that this subtly encourages bad behavior in two ways:

  1. It makes an assumption that new users ask common questions. It seems that we should be encouraging new, unique questions, not rehashing the same old ground again and again.

  2. If the tag is relevant but unavailable, we force the user to use the tag in the title or possibly in an unnatural way in the question body.

Mistagging is a problem, but we can handle that by editing, which has the additional effect of helping improve a new user's understanding of the site.

  • That's true, but we enforce minimums on all sorts of other things here, some of which are to avoid having to do extra work as editors - like the minimum to comment, for example. – Joe Jun 5 '13 at 14:14

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