When the answer to a question can be summarized in one word, I've found myself wanting to retag questions with that answer as a tag. Is this good practice?

Example: If "lib-y" is a good answer to the question "What is a library to do X?", then retag the question with "lib-y". It makes it really easy to see the answer or search for it later.

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    I find that people that downvote without leaving a comment is just like people that just shout "I disagree" to any random comment. There should really be a way to force people that downvote to leave a comment before the vote is accepted. – Lasse V. Karlsen Jan 15 '10 at 20:16
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    @Lasse: What in the name of swollen octopus corpses does that have to do with retagging? – Welbog Jan 15 '10 at 20:17
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    @Lasse: Here at meta, "I don't agree" is what downvotes mean. Not to be confused with what they mean over at SO! – fretje Jan 15 '10 at 20:19
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    Ok, so the fact that he tagged it with "Discussion" doesn't factor into it? It looks more like X-Factor on the TV than a discussion if all you care to do is just hit the red button. – Lasse V. Karlsen Jan 15 '10 at 20:30
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    @Lasse: please see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/135/… for an extensive discussion of comments and downvotes. – Ether Jan 15 '10 at 20:32
  • I DISAGREE. (15) – Paul Tomblin Jan 16 '10 at 4:11

If you're going to do this, I think it should only be done once an answer has been accepted. If that accepted answer deals with lib-y, then it makes sense to add the tag. However, if the author thinks that an answer dealing with lib-z helped them more, there probably shouldn't be a lib-y tag on the question.

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    That's fair, as long as the existing tags aren't better than the lib-y or lib-z tags. And certainly never create a new tag just for this. – Welbog Jan 15 '10 at 20:29
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    Normally I'd probably agree with you, but if the solution in question is appropriate, I think a tag could be appropriate as well -- tags are there for organization, and users of product lib-y will be somewhat likely to find the question interesting. – John Rudy Jan 15 '10 at 20:31
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    @Citizen: I suppose if an answer dealing with lib-y has also been upvoted substantially, it could be considered a good solution as well (and thus be a valid tag to add). I just don't think we would want every user who posts an answer to add a tag that goes with their answer. Only the "best" solutions should lead to extra tags (if they are warranted, as Welbog says in his comment). – gnostradamus Jan 15 '10 at 20:39
  • Fair point, fair point. – John Rudy Jan 17 '10 at 7:21
  • This still would be a, smaller, problem if another answer is accepted later but the tags are not changed. – LJNielsenDk May 11 '13 at 8:44

I say go for it. Basically, the question is about lib-y, it's just that the author didn't know it.

Now, the purpose of tags is also to help people find the right answer, so if the question already has five good tags, I wouldn't change them. If it's got four tags or if its existing tags really suck octopus balls, then put the lib-y tag on there.

You have my official approval to do this.

  • You're not an official yet! But +1 anyway, because you're right. – John Rudy Jan 15 '10 at 20:29
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    I dunno, man. I feel pretty official. – Welbog Jan 15 '10 at 20:30

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