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Comments on A way to prohibit creating certain tags.
A way to prohibit creating certain tags.
On EE.CO we have some tags that are utterly useless, but people keep on using them, for example
For non-experts: voltage is one of the main physical quantity used to describe the behavior of any circuit or electrical system.
Such tags become kitchen sinks used to tag questions of all sorts, so there is no benefit to use them to organize questions.
I was thinking whether we would need a new feature like a "forbidden tag" thing, with which mods could define a set of tags that cannot be created (when a user tried to create them, some kind of message would be displayed to warn them). They could appear on the tag list in a different color, with a notice to not use them.
However, I think this behavior could be emulated with existing features.
If we define a tag like
do-not-use-this-tag-ever and then create synonyms with all the tags we want to prohibit, the users wouldn't be able to create them and the platform would already point that out.
Do you think this is a sound idea?
A problem I can see is that probably there is a limit on how many tag synonyms can be created (is it a DB limit or a UI limit?).
I've already created tags with 4 synonyms, but in this case we could be dealing with dozens of synonyms (commonly used words used in the field that are too generic to mean anything as tags). Maybe the system is not designed to handle this.
What do you think about the idea?
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