People are making up new tags to mean the same thing. There needs to be a definitive tag for each meaning.

Search for "multi" in Tags. Find:

Therefore I suggest multiple-monitors be the de facto standard and someone with sufficient rep retag the others. Let's nip this thing in the bud before it gets to be a problem on ALL stackware websites.

Because this has to be a question: Why are people making up tags when we have one?

This goes for other areas as well. I'm sure this is more prevalent than I realize.

BTW I suggest adding this to sufaq-official tag, but not sure if "official" implies a process.

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    It's much more prevalent than you realize. For some reason people just don't pay good attention to the suggestion prompts, or don't understand the purpose tagging.
    – Joel Coehoorn
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 21:59

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I sometimes wonder if everybody sees the suggestions while typing the tags. What if people type faster than the Ajax suggestion displays? (Or: slow connection, slow computer, something blocking Ajax requests, or no JavaScript at all?)

(Likewise, I was surprised to learn that some wanted to make it easier to close questions as duplicates, while for me pasting the full URL is all I need to get some JavaScript magic started right away.)


Why are people making up tags when we have one?

To get a badge...


Meta is where we spend a bit of time hashing out what the proper tag conventions are. Once a convention is decided upon, the users and the moderators are expected to try and abide by it. Obviously there are going to be some misses here and there by people who are not as familiar with things as others.

Anybody with over 500 rep can retag questions, so it will not be long before a lot of the copy-cat tags start getting whittled down.

  • In fact, the whittling has begun!
    – Andy Mikula
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 22:03
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    TXI, shouldn't you be mod here too? Since you are on SU.
    – Justin 'jjnguy' Nelson
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 22:03
  • Thanks, I thought this was a bug tracker :)
    – tsilb
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 22:10
  • jinguy: I should be made a mod on Meta after about a week. I think I am under a "probationary" moderator period right now.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 22:17
  • Well, good luck and don't screw it up.
    – Justin 'jjnguy' Nelson
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 22:19
  • Congratulations and good luck on making moderator.
    – Bill the Lizard
    Commented Jul 17, 2009 at 1:34
  • Thanks bill, I'll try to do my best.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Jul 17, 2009 at 1:54

Some multis merged:

And now thanks to seeing it too often, the word "multi" just looks like it's spelled wrong.

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    How come you don't have a gem on Meta yet? I thought all Trilogy mods are weaponized here.
    – balpha
    Commented Mar 29, 2010 at 6:25
  • There's probably a probationary period. @bal
    – random
    Commented Mar 29, 2010 at 6:30
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    thanks, random. watch out for the batch tagger syntax; i got gotched by it last night.
    – quack quixote
    Commented Mar 29, 2010 at 7:14

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