A user has suggested many edits adding tags to questions like
- if-statement to a question involving an if statement
- nested to a question titled "c#: Add element to second nesting in xml"
- cursor-position to a question titled "How to get exact cursor position in RichTextbox to display Popup "
these seem worthless to me. However, he claims otherwise (we are having a polite discussion about it, everybody be nice to him even if you agree with me!):
Hmm I see what your after and from your POV I do agree. But there are people like myself searching for these tag belive it or not. I use them to mostly to illustrate common problems programmers run into. Otherwise they wouldn't be tags created by the SO community. I read the article you supplied to me good read.. but I think you focus to much on the value adding from YOUR pov. I always read the question and study the problem, and if theres a problem with a nested or and if-statement why not tag it. I mean when are those questions ever going to be tagged otherwise with those tags??
And indeed, if-statement has been deemed not completely invalid by the community for some reason. Still, I'd make the argument that none of these tags add any value to the question or its searchability.
Does a general guideline exist how to deal with this? How do we account for the fact that we may not be able to see the value in a borderline esoteric tag, but others do? How do we still have clear rules for this kind of situation?
Bonus question: what do we call tagging that simply describes what happens to be the question's subject matter, without really adding any relevance? It's not Meta tags, but it's something like them.