Quoting Bill The Lizard:

Every question on meta-* should have one of the bold-border tags, feature-request, bug, discussion, or support.

Should we enforce this when creating a Meta-SO question, with a drop-down menu? Or if not enforced, at least strongly suggest that the user pick at least one of these tags?

Edit: As pointed out below, this actually is enforced. So my suggestion would be to tell the user before submitting that he must use one of these badges.

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This is required, if you attempt to post without it, you get this message:

Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because:

must include one of these tags -- bug feature-request discussion support

As for, should there be drop-down support of this. I do think it would be helpful and more clear, but I don't think it is overly needed, I think the error posting is descriptive enough to help users.

  • thanks, i didn't actually try creating one without one of those tags, i just looked to see if there was any indication of it.
    – Kip
    Commented Jul 18, 2009 at 3:50

I don't think it is a big enough issue to warrant some type of change to how the system works, but I don't see any problem with actively encouraging users to pick one. They are pretty useful in breaking down questions into four distinct categories.


The question UI does indicate that these tags are required on all metas now.

(look in the tag input area)

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