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In many cases, questions will be tagged with both a specific tag and a general tag. For example, and on a question dealing with network interfacing. Both tags are undefined. [network-interface] is unambiguous but [interface] covers a lot more territory. If all network interface questions use only the [network-interface] tag, it would reduce the diversity of meaning under the [network] tag. It could be that the remaining meanings are sufficiently similar that grouping them under an umbrella tag is fine.

This post, tag-tag-version-or-just-tag-version, indicates that as a general rule, the generic tag should be removed if a specific tag is appropriate. When I see examples, should I just go ahead and fix the tag or is this something that should be posted here for review?

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is a bad example, because it's a horrible tag. In this specific case, should just be removed.

Instead of giving a rule, let me give a couple of examples. I don't think there really is a good rule anyway…


  1. Probably fine as it is. Assume people have tags starred, would someone who starred like to see this question? If it's about port forwarding, he probably would.


  2. Should be tagged just , especially since "windows" is a substring of "windows-7".


  3. A personal favorite of mine, should only be tagged .


  4. Should very likely only be tagged .

  • That sounds like the answer should be "opinion-based". :-) In terms of the last sentence of the question, is the appropriate protocol "opinion-based" (just apply personal judgement), or should proposed "mass" tag changes be posted here for review? – fixer1234 Nov 11 '14 at 15:41
  • @fixer1234: Use your best judgement ;) If a certain combination is used a lot, it might need to be discussed here, but you certainly don't have to bring every edit to everyone's attention. – Der Hochstapler Nov 11 '14 at 15:43
  • "mass" tag changes = used a lot. – fixer1234 Nov 11 '14 at 15:54
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    And the last one could probably add an OS tag as well to get more (relevant) views. – slhck Nov 11 '14 at 20:44

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