The "Ask Question" form currently suggests tags in the placeholder text: , , . I would guess that these are the most common tags used.

Placeholder for tags, showing default suggestion

However, are they the most useful examples to offer? I think we should probably offer tags which are likely to produce the most improvement in a question. The questions with the greatest likelihood for improvement are (I think) those whose authors should read the help available on and . Perhaps we could also offer .

I certainly don't think that or should be offered at all.

If we had the opportunity to change this helper text, what tags would you like to see here? Please add one per answer, and upvote/downvote according to how suitable for question askers you feel the suggestion would be. [Suggesting a tag in an answer should be assessed as a single upvote by the author.]

Note that you can get a tag to appear in an answer and be clickable by using the syntax [tag:etymology] to get .

  • I would keep word-choice, the explanation is short and it tells the author to use SWR if they don't know the word.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 10, 2020 at 11:29
  • @Mari-LouA Please add that as an answer. Your answer could include your justification for using that tag.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Dec 10, 2020 at 11:30

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This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used. Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

(We should probably edit that excerpt for the new tag display)


I would keep , the explanation is short and it tells the author to use SWR if they don't know the word they're looking for.


A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time and/or completeness and continuance of the action in relation to the time of the utterance.


Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in". The meaning of a sentence can be dramatically altered by choosing the wrong preposition. Questions need to include enough information for the intended meaning to be deduced.

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