Hot answers tagged

19 votes

Should I downvote multi word answers on single-word-requests?

I'd venture to guess that 90% of the time when a question is tagged single-word-request, the only reason the phrase-request tag isn't added as well is because the questioner doesn't know that such a ...
user avatar
  • 32.1k
16 votes
Accepted

Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

Per Laurel's request, this is one potential wording. The answer is Community Wiki so please feel free to edit for brevity, clarity, and felicity (but if you fundamentally disagree with the listed ...
15 votes
Accepted

Should I downvote multi word answers on single-word-requests?

We already have phrase-requests for users searching for multi-word expressions, so a rename is not in order. The tag single-word-requests really is (supposed to be) about single words, and that should ...
user avatar
  • 73.8k
13 votes

What are your opinions on tags?

I hate grammar. People just put it against any old question. Its blurb: This tag is about how the grammar works: different grammatical usages, how they can be used, or what they mean. The first ...
user avatar
12 votes

Proof-reading tag: what to do with it?

Burninate. All of the questions with that tag are generally bad (closed or have no upvotes) and all but one have other tags anyway.
user avatar
  • 17.5k
12 votes

Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

The message needs to be short and easy enough for less competent speakers to understand To get the best answers, please include the following: A sample sentence showing how the word would ...
user avatar
  • 85.6k
11 votes

Can we merge [single-word-requests] and [phrase-requests]?

I support merging to a new meaning-requests tag. Basically, the combined tag would be for all crowdsourced-reverse-dictionary type questions. By their very nature, askers of such questions cannot know ...
user avatar
  • 32.1k
11 votes
Accepted

Single-word-request rule clarification needed

I agree with Andrew Leach's comment that closure as opinion-based is a bit odd, given that to some degree all SWRs are seeking an opinion on what might be the right word to use. However, I'm guessing ...
user avatar
9 votes

What do we consider "consensus" for burnination?

Do we need community consensus to burninate? I think we do. Why? Because burninating a tag is not just editing it out. Technically it might be a sum of edits removing the tag from the affected ...
user avatar
  • 5,358
9 votes

Information about info pages!

Actually, this feature was introduced in 2010: 2010-07-22: "Info" tab of tags, including a tag wiki and a tag synonym proposal system implemented. Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange So it ...
user avatar
  • 57.4k
8 votes

Vernacula and Vernacu

Tags are automatically deleted within a short amount if time if they have no posts. So the proper way to deal with misspelled tags that cover a small number of questions is to re-tag. In this case, ...
user avatar
  • 73.8k
8 votes

Against single word requests

I think we should not allow single-word requests for synonyms and antonyms, at least. Asking for a word that means (or that means the opposite of) XYZ, where XYZ is a description, is typically not a ...
user avatar
  • 14.9k
8 votes

What is the point of the Microsoft-Word tag?

TL;DR: We certainly don't need it. It has no point. It's a meta tag, one of the bad ones It is irrelevant to the question if my own Sprachgefühl, Microsoft Word, the editor of my novel, a teacher or ...
user avatar
  • 5,358
8 votes

Should we get rid of the "learning" meta-tag?

My vote is yes: die tag, die! (I'd also like to see the very related tag, esl, with 28 questions gone for many of the same reasons.) There are several types of questions that use the [learning] tag: ...
user avatar
  • 57.4k
7 votes

ELU tagging guideline

Sure, we might as well try. Some possible advantages, in my opinion: help users choose the right tags. (Not a big advantage, since most users will probably never see this Meta post.) help editors ...
7 votes

Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

I have a qualm with this, in that we need to consult a community moderator. That makes altering these rules harder if ever deemed necessary. I dislike that the contextual sentence requirement can ...
user avatar
  • 4,481
7 votes
Accepted

What tag should be used when a question is completely off topic?

You can't add untagged to a question; that tag only appears when a question is migrated (and none of the original tags exists on the destination site) or when all tags on a question are pruned. If you ...
user avatar
  • 14.4k
6 votes

Can we merge [single-word-requests] and [phrase-requests]?

I think the statistical analysis clearly supports not merging. There would be a higher reverse correlation of usage if they were being used interchangeably. Why would I use word-request? when I ...
user avatar
  • 16.7k
6 votes
Accepted

Blacklist the [words] tag

The community manager Shog9 has kindly granted our request. No more questions tagged "words" (or "word") will appear.
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

What manner of “title”?

One way of finding what a tag was originally intended for — probably the only way without any tag wiki — is to look at the earliest questions. Very often, a number of questions will have been retagged ...
user avatar
  • 94.7k
6 votes
Accepted

New 'hungarian' tag

Tags are meant to provide useful categorizations of the questions. Honestly I think we could do without most or all of the existing language-name tags (I found tags for german, french, japanese, ...
user avatar
  • 58.6k
6 votes
Accepted

Should we get rid of the tag "similarities"?

Yes, we should review the questions in the tag, clean them up, and if no objections come up, a moderator should burninate it.
user avatar
  • 73.8k
6 votes
Accepted

What are [expression-requests] tag for?

status-completed I would merge expression-requests into phrase-requests since the latter addresses colloquial phrases. Thus, they are indistinguishable from each other, so we should go with the more ...
user avatar
  • 5,358
6 votes

Shouldn't some questions be region dependent?

As Mitch already says in the comment, we have tags for different variations of English. They are manifested on ELU in the tags like american-english, british-english, indian-english and australian-...
user avatar
  • 5,358
6 votes

What do we consider "consensus" for burnination?

Disclaimer This discussion has been primarily started by my assertion about this question posted by me where I assumed +10/-4 to mean a pretty strong sign of community support. Please aim any ...
user avatar
  • 5,358
6 votes
Accepted

Merge tags [difference-in-meaning] and [differences]

We can get rid of difference-in-meaning as it is being used inconsistently as a synonym for either differences or word-choice. Since there are so few instances I've gone and cleaned them up.
user avatar
6 votes

Should we change the default suggested tags?

single-word-requests 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 ...
user avatar
  • 94.7k
6 votes

The appropriateness of having an 'Italian' tag (no slight intended: I've just become aware of this particular flag)

An argument can be made (and I believe that at least one prominent EL&U contributor has made it many times) that the tags used at EL&U are completely useless and a waste of time. If so, ...
user avatar
  • 151k
5 votes
Accepted

Related tags don't have thousands separators

Yes, for consistency, these numbers should also use thousands separators. As the main SE language is English, even for sites about other languages such Russian, then a comma should be used as the ...
user avatar
  • 65.7k
5 votes

What is the currency tag for?

I'm a little surprised that this both has no answer, and that nothing has been done about the currency tag. I had the exact same response as Patrick M when I came across this question in the suggested ...
user avatar
  • 5,974

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible