So far questions on Super User are being branched off into separate tagging conventions with regards to Internet Explorer.

  • ie
  • internet-explorer
  • ie8, internet-explorer-8, etc.

I am posting this to try and head this off early so that we can nail down a standard convention for these class of posts.

My personal preference would be for internet-explorer with version specific questions being internet-explorer-8, etc.

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    appears it's time to revisit this.
    – quack quixote
    Apr 8, 2010 at 19:56

2 Answers 2


IMHO tags should be used as follows:

  • internet-explorer: general IE questions
  • ieX: if specific browser version

If an ieX tag is on a post, internet-explorer should be too.

The reason for this is because ie6, ie7 and so on are just as popular of search terms as Internet Explorer.

  • Agreed that ieX terms should be used. When I need IE specific references I always use that naming convention.
    – Ian Elliott
    Jul 16, 2009 at 5:40

It's been a while since this was brought up, so I'm bumping this back to the front page to take the community's temperature.

Current tag usage:

Tag                   SU  SO  SF
[internet-explorer]   224 ~3k  67
[internet-explorer-6]  23   7   0
[internet-explorer-7]  23  23   0
[internet-explorer-8] 145  48   0
[ie]                    0 418  26
[ie6]                   0 746  14
[ie7]                   0 654   9
[ie8]                   0 628  51

So Super User currently has it a bit backwards from SO & SF.

I have no personal preference for which tags get used. Considerations:

  • (Also, SO/SF might want to do a retag on [ie] => [internet-explorer].)
    – quack quixote
    Apr 8, 2010 at 20:20
  • (also also, the "ie~" appears to be a bug. note to self, post a bug report.)
    – quack quixote
    Apr 8, 2010 at 20:23
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    @json: for whatever reason SU went the complete opposite way. like since august '09. which is why i'm bumping this.
    – quack quixote
    Apr 8, 2010 at 20:24
  • Interesting... SU always seemed a little backwards.
    – perbert
    Apr 8, 2010 at 20:40
  • We also use windows-7 and not win-7 just because it's shorter, so I'd prefer the full blown internet-explorer-X
    – Ivo Flipse
    Apr 8, 2010 at 20:54
  • @ivo: to be fair, the length difference here isn't a mere 50%, it's an order of magnitude. but the more interesting question to me is whether keeping tags consistent across the trilogy is desirable...
    – quack quixote
    Apr 8, 2010 at 21:03
  • @quack: I don't think that you should cater to the community formed on the site. If SU people like their tags as full blown names, let it be. As for programmers, we are lazy.
    – perbert
    Apr 8, 2010 at 21:13
  • @gnome: nice edit. gawd, i hope you didn't do that by hand...
    – quack quixote
    Apr 8, 2010 at 22:23
  • @quack: I had one problem, and then I used regex.
    – Gnome
    Apr 9, 2010 at 1:55

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