Per this meta question: Give moderators the power to add tag warnings and this one too: What's the protocol for requesting a tag warning?

There is an option, that needs to be added by Stackexchange admins, to add warnings on the usage of tags.

So what are tags you often see bad/low quality questions on, and what would be the warning message to give?


I'm just going to throw this one out there:

The warning should replicate the tag info, which provides enough information, but typically is not read by new users:

Only ask if you have a screenshot, video, or audio clip from the game you want to identify. The only game identification questions allowed on this site are those asking to identify games in movies, pictures, videos, advertisements or otherwise where an unknown game appears - not from a description of what you can recall from memory, or from a picture you drew yourself.

  • For me the limit is more 'if you read the question, there is very probably only one game that may fit this description'. Things like trying to identify a game via character names or locations would be off topic by your definition. Even if I do not think there is a question I've ever seen that would be in the gray zone i described.
    – Fredy31 Mod
    Aug 6 '21 at 19:18
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    @Fredy31 That is not our policy. Aug 6 '21 at 19:23
  • @Fredy31 As Wrigglenite said, the policy for game identification requests is pretty clear to prevent said gray area. In your case, somebody could ask "I'm looking for a game where the MC wears red, is a plumber, and is saving a princess". The answer is obvious, but there are no other details to which game they're looking for. At that point, it's a guessing game Aug 6 '21 at 20:09

The 'minecraft-commands' tag is not allowed without other tags. Questions about Minecraft commands must also specify the Minecraft edition. Please add one of these tags: [minecraft-java-edition], [minecraft-bedrock-edition].

Quoting Ability to block/warn about certain combinations of tags:

We already have blocked tags and tag warnings, but we need to expand this feature to block or warn about certain combinations of tags, not just the presence/absence of a certain tag.

This argument stems off of the problem where multiple tags are necessary, like with . We could have something like:

Minecraft Servers Tag Block

This example was from this argument.

Here, the tag would be blocked until you add one of the other tags that are required with it. We could have a combination block on unless the question also has or . This will catch people making the common mistake before it happens, saving them from having to wait long periods of time as their question is closed and reopened.

We could do this also with combination tag warnings:

If your question pertains to both editions of Minecraft, we'd
prefer if you used a seperate question for each edition, unless you're
sure the answer would be exactly the same in both editions.

If implemented, this should be used sparingly, only for commonly mistaken tags. It should not be used for obviously wrong things that no one would actually do (like blocking the combination )



Please note, that we do not allow questions about technical issues for Minecraft mods. Feel free to ask questions about using mods and their in-game functionalities, but be sure to always include enough details about the mods in question.

  • I would add 'and bugs/interaction between 2 or more mods are off-topic'
    – Fredy31 Mod
    Aug 6 '21 at 19:19
  • Should probably include the mods tag in with this answer IMO. It’s nearly as popular (43 questions this year, vs 59 for its Minecraft counter part). Aug 6 '21 at 19:24
  • @Fredy31 yup, could probably add that too.
    – dly
    Aug 6 '21 at 19:51
  • With the addition of the mods tag you could remove the reference to Minecraft and make the warning universal for mod tags. Aug 6 '21 at 20:12
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    @Tacoタコス The policy on not allowing questions about modded Minecraft technical issues covers Minecraft only. Technical issues in other modded games are allowed. The reference to Minecraft should not be removed. Aug 7 '21 at 2:59
  • @galacticninja thanks for the read! Aug 7 '21 at 11:44

The tag

Make sure that if you have got an error message or code, google it before asking. If you can't find anything for it, make sure to include them in your question.


Add a 'bait' tag [banned]

I often see questions about banned accounts and well, there is only one thing to answer those: Please contact customer service of the game and plead your case, nothing can be done from your side.

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    I'm not sure how a "bait" tag would work for something like this. In order for a tag to exist, there needs to be a question and these types of questions are typically closed/deleted Aug 6 '21 at 19:08
  • I guess if we really go that way we could have a dead question that is left open to have it be in the list. But thats a little 'duct tape'
    – Fredy31 Mod
    Aug 6 '21 at 19:14
  • The text seems to be too general to be useful to users, and questions about being banned are not as common as the other tag warnings already listed. "nothing can be done from your side" might not even be correct depending on the game. Aug 7 '21 at 3:22

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