I finally found the tag folksonomy blog and it was helpful in trying to understand the zeitgeist of tags. I think some of the information could be incorporated into the suggest tag synonym pages. I was thinking about a synonym between motorola and freescale. That may be wrong for many other reasons, but I decided why the heck should I try to improve these tags. What do business concepts have to do with programming?

The redesigned tag page describes tags as a map. This is opposed to the folksonomy idea on the other blog entry. So what kind of map do we have? Topographical, road, political, climate, economic, food production, etc are all types of maps. Should the tags only be about programming? I see tags that are,

and ones I find useful that are related to programming concepts. I see that the folksonomy concept is good for organic growth and classification. Could different classifications of tags have a different colour, font and/or box shape? For some reason, the tag blacklist is not a solution that was implemented.

Related: Why tags without programming concepts

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    Your third category ("describe posters") should be destroyed on sight.
    – user206222
    Jun 15, 2013 at 1:33
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    first-time has 22 questions this year. How do you destroy it? Arg, sorry, I don't know what that tag is about. Jun 15, 2013 at 1:37
  • An interesting idea, I think personally it would be distracting to me - your eyes are naturally drawn to colors, and lots of mini-rainbows on every question would be a bit overpowering IMO. Unless you show me a screenshot of a potential design, I would have to disagree with this. Jun 15, 2013 at 1:57
  • The business oriented concepts are also not very constructive. My motivation was to visually filter them out; getting rid of them is better. Oct 31, 2013 at 21:25

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Rather than littering the question list with category identifiers, we already have lists where a user can seek out the types of questions they want to see. Not everyone wants to see a mashing together of all sorts of questions. So we allow users to create a list of tags they are interested in.

Perhaps this can be extended by allowing users to create multiple collections of tag-lists they're interested in.

Perhaps this can be extended to allow a sorting of questions by the asker's time on stackoverflow. I think that is an idea worth trying.

  • I wasn't meaning to create new categories. I meant that existing tags could be styled based on a certain taxonomy; like business line, problem domain, or programming language, etc. It doesn't make sense to tag a question with only motorola. I definitely do not want to ADD any boxes, etc. Just a way to differentiate the existing tags. Jun 16, 2013 at 1:26

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