Tags for Microsoft products are currently a mess.
office, microsoft-office office-2007, office-2010, office-2010-beta, ms-office-2007, office-2008, microsoft-office-2010, office-2010, office-1997 (wow...), office-2002, ms-office-2003, office-2003
- microsoft-word-2007, microsoft-word-2010, microsoft-word-2003, microsoft-word-2008
There is very little structure or order in how Microsoft-related questions are being tagged. I think this should be cleaned up. I would like to propose the following tagging recommendations for office questions; feel free to critique my suggestions.
- Questions about a specific microsoft product, like Word, should be tagged like microsoft-word.
- Questions that pertain to a specific version of office, and would not apply to all/other versions, should be tagged like microsoft-office-2010
- Questions pertaining to any or many versions of office should be tagged microsoft-office
A question could have several of these tags, e.g. it might be tagged microsoft-office-2010 and microsoft-word if the question is about Word and is specific to the 2010 version. While more verbose than just microsoft-word-2010, it creates fewer redundant tags.
Tags above which do not fall into one of those categories/naming schemes should be retagged and eliminated,
with the following exceptions: word might apply to some other things having to do with words, but posts with that tag should be manually checked and retagged if appropriate. office might apply to questions about office environments. Those sorts of questions should be retagged to home-office or something of that sort access might apply to questions about access control, etc. Those sorts of questions should be retagged to a more appropriate tag, as
Most of this retagging should be able to be accomplished by moderators automatically with a batch retag, e.g. ms-office-2007 to microsoft-office-2007. More nuanced ones, like
the exceptions above paint and similar, will need to be handled manually; I can do this if need be.
So, do these seem like reasonable suggestions? What changes would you recommend? And how can we try to encourage new users to tag accordingly?
officetag -- users who don't know about any consensus reached here (ie, almost all of them) will (for example) instinctively enter
word-2007as a tag, and not
office-2007. I don't see a sensible way to avoid this issue using the available tools (ie, synonyms), thoughts? What's the problem with just having the
word-2007tag on a question, the fact the question is about office is implicit anyway.
ms-word-2007. Is there any mechanism for having something be a synonym of two tags, i.e.
word-2007be automatically changed to
office-version + wordpair.
microsoft-powerpointis being changed to
powerpoint, while others are being remapped the other way. Can these be made consistent, too?
[word], I think that outside the context of Microsoft Office, it would be considered a meta tag and should be removed as such. Same should apply to
[access]as there are more specific uses for "access" such as
[acl]which would be better suited.