I see here on Stack sites that tag names join multiple words with a hyphen. What, exactly, is the purpose of that? As long as my syntax is right, what does it matter if I'm searching for "multiple word" or "multiple-word"?


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A question about egg-cups is not the same as a question about eggs or one about cups. An egg-cup expert might want to see questions about egg-cups without being swamped with stupid questions about other kinds of cup; an expert on paper cups might want to ignore questions about egg-cups.

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    Replace eggs with waffles and cups with iron and you have a winner. Nov 25, 2009 at 22:57
  • +1 for getting right to the point and, well, being correct.
    – jprete
    Nov 26, 2009 at 1:32
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    Curses, you're right: this answer contains insufficient meme. Excuse: I was still in SO mode instead of Meta. Many apologies; I'll be certain to include twice the normal quota of pony-waffles in the next one. Mmm, delicious pony-waffles.
    – bobince
    Nov 26, 2009 at 11:58

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