I am unsure about when to use the
[tag:tag] syntax when asking or answering a question.
I am not talking about the (up to five) tags you tag the question with, but those you can put in the text.
Example: Someone asks a question how to do something in bash and post a some code he/she came up with using sed and tags this question bash and sed. I answer this question using awk since a sed solution was not requeseted. Then I would write somthing like "I think awk would be better suited for this problem than sed. Try this: ..." [please do not comment on awk vs. sed here, it's just an example ;-)] This way I draw the attention of the awk community to the question potentially helping the OP (and the community as a whole) getting the best answer.
But were to draw the line?
- When do you use tags in questions or answers?
- How do you handle such overtaged texts like this one?
- Do you think the number of tags should be limited (overall limit / each tag only once)?
- Or is the need to type
[tag:tag]over and over again in general enough to keep users from using (no pun intended) this feature too much and I am the only one even thinking about this?
Please note that
- I was just considering "big" tags with several thousand followers and
- this question was ment to be an extreme example (is it?)