I'm very sorry if this is duplication, but I can't find a mention of anything like this anywhere yet. It seems like it might even be a little obvious.

From How to use version specific tags? question's answer I got the idea of when to use version specific tags. But most of the people don't know that. Being a ruby on rails developer. I have seen lot of people using on their questions not .

Can't we show a warning to users while posting a question in case they don't add generic tag for the same.

A warning like:

"You are adding ruby-on-rails-3 not ruby-on-rails. It will be great 
 that you analyse your question again and add proper required tags"

Let me know if you guys have planned something else or will love to know better ideas to solve this problem.


There are 19,000 questions tagged and not . It appears as though the RoR community is voting on their feet, and they're voting against what you're suggesting.

Having said that, this is something that you can influence. If you believe every RoR-3 question should be tagged RoR (and I'd agree with that) then you need to do it. Start tagging them. Maybe you can effect a change in community behaviour.

  • ROR is just an example. There are 100's of other tags like this. What about them? – Mohit Jain Jun 16 '13 at 22:05
  • There really aren't @MohitJain... the vast majority of the "big" tags have been tightly controlled. If there are smaller tags that this has happened to then yes, you're probably right but it's not something that isn't fixable by a single person in an afternoon... – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 16 '13 at 22:08
  • Happens to sql-server families too, however in both directions. Sometimes people will tag sql-server-2005 but not sql-server. Other times they will tag sql-server but then we have to ask what version. And then still others they will tag sql-server-2008 when they really meant sql-server-2008-r2 (or vice-versa). I don't believe there is an answer really except to be diligent about re-tagging when necessary in the tags you care about. – Aaron Bertrand Jun 16 '13 at 22:54
  • I'm doing this for the Maven questions I'm touching anyway: Remove the maven-3 tag and add a maven tag. This seems to have some influence - at least more than the re-tag request on meta. – oberlies Jun 17 '13 at 8:22

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