While there is the existing lisp tag, I would really love to be able to drill down a little further. Seeing as there’s an Erlang tag, this would be a nice addition. :)
It wasn’t until I saw a link to a post that had Clojure in the title that I realised the lisp tag was being used for Clojure and not just Common Lisp. Common lisp isn’t really of interest to me and so I expect I’ve skipped over plenty of posts that would’ve actually been quite relevant to my interests. I’m in favour of introducing a Clojure tag to avoid this confusion.
This was my response. I’m more inclined to look at a Clojure post than a Lisp post. I’d like to see this tag as well.
Tags are typically used for two reasons:
A. So you can filter out things that you don’t care about
B. Tags are a guideline for what should or should not be posted on lobsters.
I don’t know if there is a big group of users that will want to filter out clojure but not lisp. I also don’t think there is anything that is not getting posted because we lack a clojure tag.
There could be a small win in separating the lisp tag into every single variant of lisp (some people might hate, say, arc, or racket so much that they never want to see it) but I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.
What do you envision the purpose of such a tag being?
I don’t know if there is a big group of users that will want to filter out clojure but not lisp.
Conversely, I find that tags are useful for filtering positively, rather than negatively. In other words, I can see all “compsci” news as a separate view. This is exactly why it makes sense to have an Erlang or Haskell tag, and not simply a “functional” tag. While Clojure is debatably a Lisp, it would be nice to have a Clojure view, given its idiosyncrasies juxtaposed the broader Lisp world via the “lisp” tag. I certainly enjoy reading about Scheme and Common Lisp, but sometimes I prefer to read about Clojure specifically, as opposed to other Lisps.
FWIW, I am definitely one user who’d be interested in news about Clojure but not the wider world of lisps - the communities seem different enough that I’d expect this to be relatively common, but that’s really just a gut feel.
My $0.02 is that Erlang isn’t a Lisp while Clojure is.