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We'd like to encourage people to ask questions on Stack Overflow. For this, we'd like to have on our site a link to the Stack Overflow ask as question page, but we'd like to have the "tag" field pre-filled with a tag that would then help us find the questions. Is this possible?

Use case:

  • I work on an open source web forms product (Orbeon Forms), which implements the W3C XForms technology.
  • On the web site for Orbeon Forms, we'd like to encourage people to ask XForms questions on Stack Overflow.
  • As suggested by others here, this could be done by having somewhere on our site some HTML as follows: Have questions about XForms? <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask?tagnames=xforms">Ask them on Stack Overflow</a>.
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    This will not go down well if you speak with a certain cowboy. – random Dec 17 '09 at 1:16
  • What tag are you even looking to pre-fill? Hopefully it's a language and not a person/community. – random Dec 17 '09 at 1:18
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    Who is "we", what is the site and what fields are you thinking of? What would the interface look like on your site? – Ether Dec 17 '09 at 1:27
  • All, I just added more information under "Use case" in the question, which hopefully clarifies the use case I have in mind. – Alessandro Vernet Dec 17 '09 at 18:45
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This can be done with the tags parameter:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask?tags=java+xml

There's also a similar title parameter, but its utility is limited since titles must be unique.

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I think we need a lot more details on what exactly it is you're trying to accomplish.

Stack Overflow isn't intended as an outsourced support forum.

Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project?

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    @codinghorror, thank you for taking the time to respond. I added the use case I have in mind as part of the question. You'll let me know if you'd like to encourage people to use Stack Overflow this way or not. – Alessandro Vernet Dec 17 '09 at 18:32

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