I'm an avid forum user. For years, I have successfully both retrieved and shared information on various forums. However, I am disappointed to find that the same is difficult to achieve here on Stack Exchange.
Lately, I've been told several times that my question is on the wrong forum, rather than getting a useful answer. It's a constant frustration that I know other users have had as well. Given how successful and popular Stack Exchange's forums are, it's time for a change. Users should easily be able to figure out which forum they should post to to get the answers they need, rather than grope about in the dark realm of fogginess that currently prevails.
I suggest a second tag system, called forum tagging. This would be a separate set of tags that a user can use to describe what kind of post they are making. For example, if a user wants to post a question regarding whether to use an
int or an
Int32, they might use the forum tags "programming" and "theoretical". I am not extremely familiar with all of Stack Exchange's forums, but other forum tags could include "literature", "math", or "language". After the user has chosen their forum tags and written their question, the system should display a prioritized list of forums that would be best for the user to post on.
I imagine that creating this forum tag system would require effort, but it would definitely be a worthwhile investment. Asking on the wrong forum and getting comments that say, "This question is off-topic," rather than getting a helpful answer deviates from Stack Exchange's goals as a forum service, and is a very real issue. Furthermore, users may currently abandon Stack Exchange because of how difficult it is to chose the "right" forum and how problematic it is to not get any answers. The forum tag system would prevent this from happening or mitigate the chances, providing users with greater satisfaction and ease of use rather than empty vexation for both askers and moderators (whom I assume would not want to deal with another heap of off-topic questions that could be on-topic elsewhere).
I don't know what kind of answers I will get to this request--I imagine I'll get at least one comment saying this is off-topic, ironically enough--but I hope that this idea will be considered for clarity's sake.