Recently I noticed that a user has deleted the tag microsoft-surface in a lot of my questions that are about Microsoft Surface:

All these questions are about my Microsoft Surface application. Naturally some of them are also more general, but I think with the tag microsoft-surface it is obvious that the question is specifically for Microsoft Surface.

What's the standard procedure here? I don't have time to check all my questions and do a rollback.

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    If you want them back, just roll back. Jan 11, 2011 at 22:25
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    @Gamecat well, there must have been some reason for the user to remove them. Wasn't there some discussion about Surface a while ago? (Can't find any though)
    – Pekka
    Jan 11, 2011 at 22:33
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    A random other question, Easiest way to check if an arbitrary String is a valid filename did not seem to be specific for Microsoft Surface though? Are you sure the others really would get different answers with that tag?
    – Arjan
    Jan 11, 2011 at 22:38
  • Not really, but since it was for a Microsoft Surface Application I added the tag, because I thought maybe there is a platform specific better solution for the questiosn. Ok maybe not for the String question, but for the other 5 listed above. Jan 11, 2011 at 22:41
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    Okay, let's see if Robert can respond here. (Note that you can use @reply comments to notify a user who edited your post. I meanwhile did that in your first example.)
    – Arjan
    Jan 11, 2011 at 22:44

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Yes, I removed the Surface tag from these because there is nothing Surface-specific in the questions or in their answers. They aren't of special interest to anyone following or searching for Surface information. You had a couple of others that I spotted while cleaning up that tag which were questionable, but I left them.

It may be helpful for you to understand that the Surface APIs (which I designed, BTW) are merely a set of input events and extra UI controls. Aside from those features, everything on Surface is standard to WPF, .NET, C#, and Windows Vista. Your questions on those more general technologies are good ones, and may be helpful to a much larger audience than just people targeting Surface.

  • Ok thanks a lot for your answer. I just added the tag so that others see it is in Surface, because I often didn't know if Ishould use the general solution (WPF) or if there is maybe a Surface-specific solution for my problem. Jan 13, 2011 at 12:37
  1. Remember that 3rd-party editors are generally trying to help. There's no real reward for it, apart from seeing the site improved (and maybe a badge or two).

  2. Consider that you may be choosing poor tags. You may actually get better answers by not artificially limiting the scope of your questions... In your case, it's not entirely clear how MS Surface is relevant.

  3. Consider that you may not have made it clear in your question why a given tag is relevant. Again, what about Surface makes generating PDFs in C# different from normal versions of Windows (or any other C#-supported platform)? Is there a reason that answers to previous (non-Surface-specific) questions on the topic didn't work for you?

  4. You can roll back changes with a single click (and you'll be notified of any edits via that little envelope next to your name, making it even easier).

  5. If the problem persists/becomes too large in scope, flag one of your questions for moderator attention and ask them to resolve it. Be prepared to abide by their decision.

  6. Ask about the tags here on Meta if the moderator disagrees. We'll set you straight.


I'd say the edits were fair enough because the questions themselves and the techniques you're using aren't Surface specific.

Perhaps "WPF: Canvas and zIndex? How does it work?" is borderline because you're using a <s:SurfaceWindow/> window, but only if you screw your eye's up, because ultimately you're just working with a regular <Grid> object.

I think it'd be sufficient to mention in passing, in the question, that you're writing code for surface devices just in case there's a small chance that may be relevant. Otherwise, for people who are actively following the surface tag, your questions which aren't surface specific, clutter their feed.

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