There exist a multitude of tags related to the Fortran language. As far as I can infer from the descriptions they are meant to be grouped like this:

What I see, however, is the questions are usually tagged with either , or one of the standard-related flags, or a combination of all that. This results in questions that are scattered over all the tags. I guess, it is not obvious which tag to choose.

Maybe it would be better to rename those tags to something more self-explanatory like fortran-standard-77 or fortran-language (Assuming my interpretation of the tags is correct, of course).

Another idea would be to automatically tag all questions filed under one of the above tags under as well. Is that technically possible?

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I think should be on all the questions, and then the specific tag for the compiler or version would be added on. I definitely don't think we need to add fortran- as a prefix on all of them, and don't need to create a specific fortran-language tag.

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    @ColeJohnson, I meant we also don't need a fortran-language tag, I'll edit to make clearer. Sep 16, 2013 at 22:30
  • So, I should always use fortran and then specify the topic further... What about a question that was filed in fortran90 alone but has nothing to do with anything specific to the standard - just some programming question. Should I re-tag the question and delete the reference to fortran90? Sep 17, 2013 at 7:54
  • If you're sure that there is nothing specific to the version of the language, yes. Sep 17, 2013 at 12:06
  • Is it possible to automatically add the fortran tag? Sep 17, 2013 at 16:46
  • Ah, ok... it is not - see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/53331/… Sep 17, 2013 at 16:50
  • @AlexanderVogt: if you tag a question with just fortran, I'm going to reply in whatever form I'm most comfortable with for your problem at hand. Probably F95+. If you said fortran AND fortran77, then I would know not to use advanced features.
    – user7116
    Sep 17, 2013 at 16:57
  • OK, so the tags are not so much "related to the standard" but more of a "I prefer to code in that standard"? Sep 17, 2013 at 17:02

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