Just reading What is the purpose of [64-bit] and [32-bit]? made me think...

Should we include information in tags in the body of our text?

Tags like the question still get people to comment whether they are using 32bit or 64bit. So should we still add more to the question by adding this to the end of our questions for readers who don't look at tags?

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    Yes, the tags are for categorisation and cataloguing, your question body should contain all relevant information .
    – Mokubai Mod
    Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 21:35
  • The tags 32-bit and 64-bit should be for questions that are specifically about the bitness of something. They shouldn't be placed on every question that uses the 32 or 64 bit version of a software. Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 23:32
  • @OliverSalzburg Care to chime in on the 64-bit question?
    – Excellll
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 14:57

2 Answers 2


Almost certainly yes. While tags are useful for searchability, at the end of the day they're no replacement for attempting to describe your environment. In addition, not everyone reads the tags at first (I often don't) and having it in the question body improves readability.

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    Correct, it is very 'easy' to overlook the tags when reading the question.
    – Jan Doggen
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 10:57

Yes, most of the time we should. As I see it:

  • The header describes the problem briefly.
  • The body contains all information, if possible including what was already tried and preferably one question.
  • The tags are useful for searching and should have key items.
  • @Henness - You forgot one key part. The body of the question should actually contain a question. Many times people just use the title as the actual question, because it happens to be a question, but the title should describe the question not be the actual "question" the author has.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 12:03
  • Quite true. And rather a <censored> for people as me who often skip the title. Will add.
    – Hennes
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 12:50

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