What do you guys think about allowing user defined tags similar to stack overflow? Maybe a certain amount of karma is required first etc.
I prefer the current “if you can’t find a tag for it, it probably doesn’t belong” situation.
How should I tag something about Haskell? Last I checked there was no tag for that.
Meanwhile, the “science” tag seems like quite a catch-all that doesn’t help distinguish topics.
Agreed. I think the real issue is currently the finite set of tags is being used as a filter. Instead, if we focused on tags just being metadata, tags could provide more value. I realized my main use for tags is not filtering but I just like them for visually grepping the stories.
I think that’s what the voting is for: making sure the stories are things the community wants to read.
The main use-case here would be a ton of stories being posted about a new topic I don’t care to read about. The current process would the new topic to be recognized as needing a tag and requested by someone. We’d discuss and hopefully an admin would pick it up. User-defined tags, on the other hand, with the auto-lookup feature would allow this process to happen naturally and in real time. Maybe even allow other readers to add tags to stories after posting.
The stackexchange regime is good, but in order for it to work all the users need to understand that stackoverflow is a site for programming, and that serverfault is a site for sysadmin. To make this work here, everyone would need to understand the main topics, so it is easy to moderate off-topics tags.