Today I looked at our tags page and saw a number of tags, which are not specific to linguistics, but rather describe some IT fields or software titles like:

  • excel
  • cell
  • spreadsheet
  • datasets
  • nlp
  • ner
  • named-entity-recognition

Do we really need to create tags for all this software-related questions? I propose mark them all with generic software tag.

And maybe another one may be needed for software localization questions (like all those drupal questions).

What do you think?

1 Answer 1


Burn it with fire. :)

Indeed, why could we need it? I can't imagine a visitor to Ukrainian Language.SE who actually searches for tags like or, God forbid, (proof). Seriously, it would be equivalent to searching for this very question by tag or .

Tags should tell what the question is about, not just what it contains.

is just fine; — maybe, but I would say it's too soon to tell for sure.

  • I find field names useful in vocabulary questions. So there should be a tag like computers or information-technology (whatever makes sense from an Ukrainian perspective — on French Language we use “informatique” which is the French word for both “computer science” and “IT”). Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 16:27
  • @Gilles yes, but we should have limit somewhere. Otherwise, those who are interested about tennis would demand their own tag. And, in the end of the day, we would end up with an infinite number of tags that cover 5 questions each. Yes, drupal may have 10. :-) If we see abundance of such questions, we will branch out a specific tag. But right now, the hierarchy of tags: terminology → sports → tennis → tennis-strokes → kurnikova-style is only at its first stage, terminology. :-) Does it make sense? Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 16:59
  • There's no tag hierarchy. So just stick at level 1. terminology is too broad to be really useful. sport is level 1. Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 17:01
  • @Gilles hmm, what do you then suggest to do with chemistry, nuclear-physics, and hundreds of similar areas of interest, you name it? Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 17:11
  • @Gilles also, English Language Learners has neither sports nor chemistry (haven't checked everything); Chinese.SE has sport, 2 questions, and no tennis. We don't know the future, however; perhaps UL.SE will have hundreds Q's for sports or i.t., unlike the sites above. Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 17:15

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .