The tag on Meta Stack Exchange is about the Stack Overflow Developer Survey (formerly known as the Stack Overflow Annual User Survey and properly under other names as well). Stack Overflow, so it's (mostly) off-topic, as stated in the excerpt:

DO NOT USE this tag unless your question's about the Developer Survey's integration with sites other than Stack Overflow. Most questions about the annual Stack Overflow Developer Survey should be asked on Meta Stack Overflow, not here.

Nowadays, we have more kind of surveys, and users might be tempted to incorrectly apply the tag to their question about them:

Some of these are on-topic for Meta (or might be in the future).

We could either:

  • rename the to (this can be done by a ♦ moderator without bumping the 31 questions), and create separate tags for each type of survey
  • keep just one tag, adjust the excerpt and wiki, and retag/merge other survey questions into it.


  • 1
    On MSO I created a tag [short--survey] as the word satisfaction doesn't appear in the topbar notice.
    – rene
    Jan 9, 2020 at 9:18
  • Won't the first option lead to eventual abuse by people creating the 'survey' tag again?
    – Mast
    Jan 10, 2020 at 10:19
  • 1
    @Mast then we burninate it again, no worries.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jan 10, 2020 at 19:03
  • Related post from 2018: Could we change the tag excerpt/wiki and clean up the [survey] tag?
    – V2Blast
    May 18, 2022 at 1:33

3 Answers 3


I'm of the inclination that we should take your first proposed option, and rename this tag.

This question about The Loop survey is of rather high traffic despite being incorrectly tagged as . While the question mentions the 2017 Developer Survey, its focus is not upon it.

In addition, the tag name itself is broad. (I mean, it's called "survey"...) It's definitely a tad confusing at first glance.

A ♦ moderator rename of this tag not bumping the current 34 questions tagged as is just a bonus.

seems a fitting enough name.

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    I've gone ahead and renamed the [survey] tag to [stack-overflow-developer-survey] now. I've also added [survey] (and some other alternatives) as synonyms of the tag.
    – V2Blast
    May 18, 2022 at 1:25

I've gone ahead and renamed the tag to now, as suggested in Spevacus' answer. I've also added (and some other alternatives) as synonyms of the tag.


I think we should follow your second approach.

There are not too many questions around these topics that warrant a tag for all of them, that's just creating tags for the sake of creating tags.

Besides, the questions regarding the stack-overflow-developer-survey are almost all asked in '13 or earlier. We could even reason to migrate those to MSO, as most of them would be more appropriate over there anyways.

Then all of these other questions could use , except question regarding "The Loop", as that already has a dedicated tag .

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