The new ability to apply special to in and is great! But I'd like to make a and hopefully not get shot for this horrendous .

Can we allow some level of site specification for this? I can see that being able to specify any SE site would be problematically annoying. But I think that at least being able to specify, for example, tags from the parent site when posting on the Meta site would be useful. On the Meta site for any Stack Exchange site, proper tagging is a very common topic of discussion, and being able to use the new tag formatting will roll right in comfortably. But currently, instead of linking to the tag you actually mean, it'll link to the (typically non-existent) Meta tag.


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The new tag macro has been changed to refer to the parent site, and an equivalent meta-tag has been added for when you wish to refer to a... well, meta tag.


This does not apply retroactively, but any post containing the old tag syntax will be updated on next edit. Be aware that the meta-tag syntax is only available on MSO and per-site metas, as tag continues to point to the current site when used on non-meta sites.

  • It would be useful for this answer to be community wiki, so that mere mortals (such as myself) would be able to see the markdown for it.
    – SamB
    Nov 25, 2010 at 17:34
  • @SamB - it is documented here Nov 25, 2010 at 19:10
  • @Sam: You can always view the revision history of posts, which has links to see the source for each revision.
    – Jon Seigel
    Dec 3, 2010 at 17:46
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    @Jon: I can? It's not obvious to me how to do that...
    – SamB
    Dec 11, 2010 at 17:37
  • @Sam: http://<site>/posts/<PostId>/revisions (this works for questions, too). You can get and answer PostId by hovering over the "link" link.
    – Jon Seigel
    Dec 11, 2010 at 19:04
  • @Jon: Ah. Excellent UI, that...
    – SamB
    Dec 13, 2010 at 19:40





This is going to sound a bit odd.

An easy fix to make these tags more usable is to only link to the parent site, or in the context of this question, point there by default. This is really just a metadiscussion shortcut (instead of doing the [tag] thing), and metadiscussion is almost always in reference to the parent site, not to itself.

In fact, I don't really see the point of even having them enabled on the parent site at all. If a question is a discussion about tags on the site, it's a meta question and should be migrated. (And anyone doing that likely won't be savvy enough to use the new syntax anyway.)

In summary, I think the default target for the tags should be the parent site. Changing the site target would be a nice ability to have, but we could probably do without it if the tags only ever linked to the parent site.

  • Odd, but completely reasonable. The important thing is that [tag:weapons] is a whole lot faster to write and a whole lot nicer to read than [**[weapons]**](http://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/weapons) is, especially in retag requests and heavy tag discussions. Other Meta sites won't often need to reference the tags on the Meta sites, as a lot of that kind of tag discussion occurs on this site instead.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Nov 5, 2010 at 17:41
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    However, I think that the syntax is useful on the parent site, namely in tag wikis. It makes it look much cleaner and more in unison with each other, to be able to refer to other tags quickly like that on the tag wikis. So I'd say we strike middle-ground and have both parent and meta site default to the parent site. For MSO and SO, this just means the site itself due to the lack of per-site-metas for both.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Nov 5, 2010 at 17:44
  • I agree mostly, but the [status-***] tags, [faq], and 4 required meta tags ([feature-request] etc) should always link to the meta site.
    – kennytm
    Nov 5, 2010 at 19:32
  • @Kenny Don't forget [featured].
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Nov 5, 2010 at 19:39
  • @Grace: Right. There are a set of default tags for every SE 2.0 meta sites e.g. [community-wiki], [allowed-questions], etc. They should point to meta as well.
    – kennytm
    Nov 5, 2010 at 19:44

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