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Proposal

When adding a "required-tag" to a meta question, allow only one of the four required-tags to be used per single question.

No change to which or how many non-required tags can be used in addition to the chosen required-tag.

Required-tags:

While this isn't a big issue, the change would make the tags more useful and logical, and perhaps ease any confusion less seasoned users may have from wondering which tag should be used on their question.
eg In one question, they want a and some with the they found.
Just the "bug" tag is required here.

(Note: Enforcing non-required tags is a debate for a separate proposal).


Reasons

None of the 4 required-tags compliment each other, nor can they logically be used in relation with each other.
They each have a separate meaning and definition, and their different definitions, which denote what a question is about, do not successfully mould together in a single question to form a logical new meaning - they simply clash to form confusion.

Using any of them together in one question dilutes their individual meaning, and doesn't effectively summarise what the question is about.

Example:
When both and tags are on the same question (happens often), it's not clear from these required tags if they meant:

  1. "I just want to discuss this.."
  2. "I want this feature implementing.."

Worse is mixing other tags, like and . Either a user is reporting a bug, or they are asking for support information about a site feature or function.


Choosing one required-tag only is simple

It's not hard to choose only one of the 4 tags for any given scenario.

  1. - User is reporting a bug. There is no feature request, they're not asking for support on a site feature or function, and discussions will happen without the discussion tag
  2. - User has an idea for something new or a change to something current. There is no bug, nor any request for support, and discussions will happen without the discussion tag
  3. - User is asking for support on a site feature/function. There is no bug, nor a feature request, and discussions will happen without the discussion tag
  4. - When it is not one of the above 3. User is not sure, tags it as discussion to find out if something is a bug or not, or if they are using something incorrectly, or to discuss a potential feature request for feedback before proposing it, or anything else

There is no logical reason, or requirement, to use any of these required-tags in the same single question.


Benefits from implementing this

  • Re-tagging - With this feature in place, there will only be one possible correct required-tag, making re-tagging easier
  • Category - Having only one "category" per question defines the question's requirements more clearly
  • Searching - This change would mean search results for a given required-tag would be only for that tag as user wanted (ie not search for discussions and get feature-request as well
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    It may not be beneficial to mix, but I don't think it's detrimental to the site... – Mooseman Nov 27 '14 at 4:47
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    @Mooseman There's no critical issue, agreed, I just think this will bring good improvements, for the reasons outlined. eg Bug and Support tags used together is not ideal - they should only be on different questions. – James Nov 27 '14 at 4:50
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    You might want to also mention that you should have one non-required tag for the question too (like this question does) (that is, given that we're on the topic of required tags). Having just feature-request is rather... less useful. – user213963 Nov 27 '14 at 5:00
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    @MichaelT Dam good point - thanks :) – James Nov 27 '14 at 5:06
  • Benefit #1 is neutral: no matter what the rules are, we can retag. #3 and #4 are the same thing; you can search [tag1] -[tag2] if you want to exclude a tag. #2 and #5 are circular arguments: making the tags mutually exclusive prevents questions from having more than one of them, but how is it beneficial? – Gilles Nov 27 '14 at 12:38
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    I would support this if it was rather @MichaelT proposal. I see too many singled tagged questions with only the required tag. – Braiam Nov 27 '14 at 13:39
  • @Braiam I'm not sure I understand. I'm not trying to make people use "at least one non-required a well as a required tag" (that would be a different (good) proposal), I'm trying to stop having more than one required tag per question. Having questions tagged with multiple required tags is no better than a question having only one required tag and no non-required tags. Required tags do not stack up to provide a different or extra meaning, they simply clash with each other obfuscating the question scope/topic. – James Nov 27 '14 at 17:06
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    @Braiam On meta sites, require at least one non-required tag. My favorite comment on this matter is still this one. – user213963 Nov 29 '14 at 22:17
  • In my opinion, there are some situations where several required tags can be useful. For example, questions like "Does this feature exist? If yes, where is it, and if not, please implement it" is a [support] because it's asking for help to find a feature and [feature-request] because it's asking to implement the feature. Also if the asker isn't sure if it's a bug or intentional, a question like "Is this a bug? If not, why is it like this?" could have both the tags [bug] and [support]. – Donald Duck Apr 16 '17 at 18:20

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