We've had some discussion on Super User lately pertaining to what the focus and scope of Community Promotion Ads should be.
There are two categories of posts pertaining to community ads:
- Those in which we actually select the advertisements to be shown
- Those in which we discuss the issues surrounding community ads
The tag community-ads has been applied to both, but it is a special tag: it is required for the ads to show up on the main site, and will pre-populate the answer field with the template for community ads:
[![Tagline to show on mouseover]] : http://image-url : http://clickthrough-url
Obviously, this doesn't need to - and should not - occur for meta posts discussing community ads; it only needs to be there for meta posts which contain the ads. Users keep adding the tag though when discussing community ads, because of this ambiguity. We have been changing this to the advertising tag on discussion questions, which does not introduce the template code.
Is this the appropriate way to be tagging these? Is there a more appropriate tag for the discussion questions? If community-ads really should only be used for posts for suggesting ads, then I propose that it be made into a moderator restricted tag like status-completed and faq, so that users cannot apply it willy-nilly. If it should be used for discussion, then the template should not be automatically applied except on specifically designated posts.