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ME3 has more than 500+ tags at the moment, and we are starting to get a number of duplicates (including ones I've opened). Should we consider going through old questions to add more tags to them to be more specific so that people searching can better find matches and reduce duplicates?

Potentially tagging with things like or or similar things.

  • Retag them to what? – Resorath Mar 13 '12 at 7:52
  • @Resorath Adding some more specific tags to it. Things like multiplayer or weapons or something. Maybe retagging is the wrong phrasing. Changed it to "Add tags" instead. – LoveAndCoding Mar 13 '12 at 8:18
  • It's worth remembering that there will always be people who will not search at all before asking a question; some will not even look at the questions that come up as possible matches as they type their questions out. I agree that this is a question worth asking; just know that any solution will only address part of the problem. – Dave DuPlantis Mar 14 '12 at 3:26
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Adding cross-game tags like is not a good idea. It confuses things, and really, how many people are going to be interested specifically in ME3 questions relating to weapons specifically (and want to filter based on that)? The only extra tags that should need to be added for most questions is platform tags, where appropriate.

Sure, the homepage is a party at the moment, but so it was for Skyrim, for Starcraft 2, for Minecraft etc. etc. That's just the nature of the game!

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  • @LessPop_MoreFizz Yeah I don't like these being called "Meta tags" at all. [Weapons] seems like [Compilers] would be on SO...problem is it's just of less value on GSE because of the level of domain specific knowledge. It's not a meta tag like [homework] – Ben Brocka Mar 13 '12 at 15:41
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz What would you call it then? – fredley Mar 13 '12 at 15:51
  • Subtag, and dependent tag have both been tossed around, as has the awkwardly bulky non-game-specific-tag. – LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 13 '12 at 15:54
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    @LessPop_MoreFizz cross-game seems appropriate. – fredley Mar 13 '12 at 16:14
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The only "bonus" tags that I think are worthwhile are the ones we've already been using:

  • and when a question is specific to a certain platform
  • when talking about the game's multiplayer component

Tags are best when they provide necessary context for the question. If the context isn't needed (such as ), it just becomes noise.

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    +1 for noise, SE sites are all about high signal/noise – fredley Mar 13 '12 at 15:52
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There may be some secondary tags that could be of use, for example , in the style and intent of tags like but I would be reluctant to see whole scale secondary tagging.

Good titles are better than bad tags ... makes the answer easier to find in search or google anyways, imo.

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