Came across when running through some new questions. On the question I found it, it was completely inappropriate and I think the person was just picking tags until he'd used all 5... separate issue.

Right now there are only 16 questions currently tagged , there is no tag-wiki, and I'm at a bit of a loss as to what purpose this tag serves. Not being a .net guy, is there some component or something I'm missing? Or is this a tag that needs to be addressed?

At the very least it seems a tag-wiki is in order with a definition and usage guidelines... I use those a lot when trying to figure out if the tag usage is appropriate.

  • I might have named it "asp.net-placeholder", but yes; there is such a component. Oct 22, 2013 at 14:59
  • asp:placeholder's are a valid control, yes. msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/…
    – Mike G
    Oct 22, 2013 at 15:01
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    @AndrewBarber then it likely needs to be re-named (as well as a tag-wiki added) as I seem to recall most asp.net components like that are prefixed with asp.net- - though I'd have to double-check to be sure.
    – AnonJr
    Oct 22, 2013 at 15:01
  • the placeholder control predates .NET. It applies to both classic ASP and .NET. That said, it also serves the same purpose in both contexts, so I don't see any real need to disambiguate between them.
    – Servy
    Oct 22, 2013 at 15:02
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    @Servy Hmm... I just renamed the tags; they all seemed to be about the ASP.NET control. While they serve the same purpose, I guess my thought was their use is quite different. Oct 22, 2013 at 15:05
  • i vote for renaming to asp.net-placeholder , asp-placeholder would be confusing at long term
    – Rafael
    Oct 22, 2013 at 15:06
  • @Servy can you point me to a reference for the asp-classic version? I'd like to propose an appropriate tag-wiki but everything I've found via search references the .net control.
    – AnonJr
    Oct 22, 2013 at 15:54
  • @AnonJr It's literally the exact same class. There isn't a different version of it for .NET, which is why I don't see a need to disambiguate at all. That same control can be used from a classic or .NET application, but the control itself is literally the exact same class. Just look at the examples of the older versions of the class in the language documentation.
    – Servy
    Oct 22, 2013 at 15:57
  • @Servy Oh, really? I had no idea of that at all! Oct 22, 2013 at 19:10

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I just edited those questions and added a new to them. There is a classic ASP placeholder control, but my thinking was that the questions were all about the ASP.NET control, and their usage is different.

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