I think tag names should be case sensitive since for certain names, such as JavaScript and not javascript adds additional value. That is, the Camel notation nomenclature.

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    So you want to introduce case sensitive synonyms?
    – random
    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:57
  • I tried to do a tag synonym edit and I got error message saying that it doesn't make sense in suggesting the same name as synonym. Mar 18, 2011 at 13:00
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    "adds additional value" -- how, exactly?
    – balpha StaffMod
    Mar 18, 2011 at 13:13
  • @balpha: Actually I meant to say, it feels better. I guess it's not that important and would result in more issues than benefit. Mar 18, 2011 at 13:14
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    @Gunner: Ah okay. Yeah, once you start with camelCase, people want spaces (it's called "feature request", not "feature-request"), we have edit wars over capitalization of tags, etc. etc. :) They way it currently is, at least everybody is on the same page.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Mar 18, 2011 at 13:19
  • @balpha Personally, I've always wondered why we use hyphens instead of underscores, but I'm pretty sure there's a Meta question that I just haven't found on the subject.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Mar 18, 2011 at 14:25
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    I think this feature request is about is having tags be displayed with proper capitalization, not about making tag searches case-sensitive. Big difference. Is this correct?
    – Jon Seigel
    Mar 18, 2011 at 16:42
  • @Jon: You are absolutely correct. This is what I was getting at. Mar 18, 2011 at 16:51
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/72107/…
    – Jon Seigel
    Mar 18, 2011 at 16:57
  • I probably should have said this earlier: it may be a good idea to rewrite your post to clarify, since people seem to have gotten the wrong impression.
    – Jon Seigel
    Mar 19, 2011 at 14:43

2 Answers 2


Case insensitivity makes it easier on the tagging system. When you see "javascript" as a tag, you can probably immediately tell it's referring to JavaScript. The difference is, between you who is experienced with the language and someone who is new to programming, only you will know the correct capitalization.

By not requiring capitalization, we don't add an extra level of difficulty in knowing how to describe the problem you're having. We already face quite a few misspellings in tags. We cut this down significantly so that we don't have Javascript, JavaScript, and javascript all intending to mean the same concept.


Update: I have now settled down with all lowercase tag names.

Camel case is too 'heavy' for tag names; especially if many are put together.

Following is my old view that has since changed:

I suggest that tag names should remain case-insensitive but should be displayed with proper casing i.e. camel case.

Thus javascript and JavaScript should be the same to the tagging system but should be displayed with proper camel case.

At minimum: I suggest- there be a user specific option to choose how it's displayed per user according to his preference.

  • I don't understand why there's so much resentment to this issue. I manage to get downvoted even when i only speak of per-user preference that does not affect other users. Aug 9, 2012 at 12:18
  • It's not that you're doing something wrong. Here, on Meta, downvotes simply reflect disagreement of the community with your opinion, not the quality of the post. You didn't get these votes out of resentment. Aug 9, 2012 at 16:36

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