Often you have a tag like , but then it may be specific to your version so you also have tags like , , etc. This can use up your limit on tags quickly and appears messy to me.

If I use , will it also be picked up as , or are tags matched exactly?

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    When searching, wildcards can be used. Searching for [xcode*] will (currently) bring back questions tagged with xcode or xcode4 or xcode4.2 or xcode4.5 or xcode4.3 or xcode5 or xcode4.6 or xcodebuild or xcode3.2 or xcode4.4 or xcode-storyboard` or xcode-instruments or xcode-template or xcode4.6.3 or xcode-organizer or xcode3to4 or xcode4.1 or xcode4.6.2 or xcode3.2.3 or xcode-project.
    – ale
    Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 17:11
  • The amount of Xcode tags is ridiculous. WHY do we need one for each version?
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 22:04

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When you add to a question, that is the tag that will be added, unless is not set as synonym of another tag, which is not the case.

Users looking for questions tagged xcode will not find a question tagged , if the question is not using both the tags. That is why it is generally suggested to use a version tag, and the generic tag. It is like with Drupal questions, which are tagged with and a version tag like .

Users can search for questions using a tag starting with xcode, thought, by using [xcode*] as search term; the search will be expanded to include all those tags, including .

  • Thanks for the detailed reply. I mainly find this a problem with visual c++... you need to perhaps tag visual-studio and `visual-c++' but then potentially the versions for both. Plus tags relevant to what you're asking about like c++, boost, stl... soon 5 can be a limit!
    – Mr. Boy
    Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 17:28

Tags presently are matched exactly unless there is a configured synonym.

Only use specific version tags if it relates to something to specific for that version.

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