I have an interesting idea for how tags work. No, it is not the new and improved tag, or a total tag makeover. In fact, it is a small change in how tags work that I think could help out a lot of people.
I think that it would be better if tags were slightly different in color if they existed or if they did not exist when posting.
Here is my idea... (for stack overflow color scheme, not meta)
Above is the "valid" tag, which is also the current version.
Above could be the "invalid" tag.
Above could also be the "invalid" tag.
Here are some pros and cons:
If you were typing a tag and misspelled it, then it would be easy to know and helpful so you don't direct others to a non-existent link.
I know that, for a fact, this would make lists of tags for tag cleanups very, very easy to deal with when burnicating
If you really don't like this, it wouldn't make a big difference in day-to-day use. After all, most tags exist.
- This could be server-heavy to check each tag's existence
- BUT servers also load images, which involve getting lots of data
- This could be annoying if users demonstrate tag usage (like any-old-tag)
- BUT I guess it could help to show users that the tag doesn't exist???
All in all, I hope that my idea is considered.
Side note: this could be used for links too (instead of lots of comments of "your link's broken"). These images are my own work.