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Recently governments all over the world have become much more active in the tech and internet spaces. I think a policy or government tag to indicate that it is related to a government’s actions or is focused on policy changes would be beneficial.

It is also certainly a topic people are interested in, my only concern would be that so much stuff is related to gov or policy.

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    I think we have a lot of tags that are clearly relevant to lobsters when they are tech focused (like culture, person, potentially government) but don’t make sense as standalone tags. For example, under “person” we could have an obituary for David Bowie, but it would probably be off-topic for lobsters.

    Maybe a good compromise would be to make these tags like the video / pdf tags, where they don’t stand by themselves, but instead qualify for lobsters because of the other tags? That way, if someone wanted to post something under the “person” tag, they would have to make sure they could add another, more lobsters-y tag, like “unix”.

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      I’d really like to see an “announcement” or “news” tag, so I can just filter that shit straight off.

      The posting of news articles and current events is one of the early signs of cancer in these sorts of communities.

      EDIT: The reason being, the article’s importance is predicated on its newness, not any particular value in the information itself. Such articles asymptotically crowd out genuinely useful information, because people tend to then think that novelty is more important than informativeness–and especially with current trends in ad-driven news, this in turn leads to above-tolerable amounts of what amounts to product placement. Eeeeych.

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        I’d really like to see an “announcement” or “news” tag, so I can just filter that shit straight off.

        announce is for site announcements and is restricted to moderators. news existed since the beginning but was disabled for reasons similar to what you stated.

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        I found it reassuring that I didn’t see a Bowie story here yesterday. There’s so much cross-posted chaff on the net it kinda drives me nuts from time to time. I must say I do like your suggestion.

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          I like that, so it’s more of a source or an aspect of the article than a tag

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          civic?

          That would be a bit broader, and also include topics related to community groups, civic tech, activism, etc.

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            law?

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              I think law is much more restrictive than a gov tag. If that’s how law should be used then I think of the law tag incorrectly.