Do we need a tag for each punctuation mark when there is already the tag punctuation?

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At this point, I see no harm in having separate tags also. It seems very few questions have more than two or three tags anyway, and this could help make searches more effective.

  • btw, I also don't see any harm, I am just not sure how it would make it more effective
    – mfg
    Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 18:07
  • I don't see any harm either. I think that using a different tag for each punctuation mark is less ideal. If somebody is interested in the use of the comma, and would looks for each question tagged with comma, he would miss the answer given for a question tagged with semicolon where it is explained that in a specific case the comma should be used instead of the semicolon. IMO, it's not ideal to tag a question with comma for the fact that one of the answers contains the word comma.
    – apaderno
    Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 18:24

From the use cases point of view, it seems unlikely someone would want a cloud of 'comma' related entries for polishing their skills with commas; or the dreaded colon v. semi-colon learning curve. However, as my poor skills of punctuation may show, I can imagine someone looking to improve their overall knowledge of punctuation and its usage.

As such, it seems to me that by consolidating specific marks in a 'punctuation' tag would be preferable to letting questions about individual marks hang out on the fringe with a useless tag. Obviously synonymizing (sp?) tags is another option, but if it's a black/white choice I find 'punctuation' to be more useful.

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    I'm assuming that both [punctuation] and any more specific tag would be applied to the same question. Otherwise, yes, that would tend break it up into fringe groups.
    – mmyers
    Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 20:45
  • @mmyers: It seems that there are questions using a tag specific for the punctuation mark, but not the tag punctuation; see the questions tagged with comma, for example.
    – apaderno
    Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 21:09
  • @kiamlaluno: These things happen. Fortunately, we are free to fix those cases (2 of them currently wrt. comma) by adding the missing tag!
    – Jonik
    Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 21:16

Yes, if the tag is to be any use it is very good to have a tag for "semicolon" so that people can find out what questions have been asked about this and don't repeat the same questions.

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