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Assessing the 5 tag limit

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We currently have a limit of 5 tags per question.

Should we keep this the same or would any changes be of benefit?

For example:

  • Should the limit be higher or lower?
  • Should there be different limits for different contexts:
    • Different communities?
    • Different categories?
    • Different post types?
  • Is there a need for a limit?
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Origin of the tag limit (3 comments)
Origin of the tag limit
Andreas‭ wrote 6 months ago

Why is there a limit on 5 tags in the first place? Is it to prevent cluttering? Technical reasons? Was it as simple as a pragmatic choice by the programmer?

Monica Cellio‭ wrote 6 months ago

UI considerations were part of it. We asked ourselves: what do we need to do to support a reasonable display of all the tags (on a post and in the post list) including on phones? Having some limit made sense. From there, I think we just went with something that seemed to work Somewhere Else. I agree we should revisit all this, bearing in mind that if we allow a lot more tags, we'll need to also think about displaying them -- display all, display the first N (chosen how?) with "..." or similar, something else?

Andreas‭ wrote 6 months ago

Somewhere Else stacks them twice; first horizontally, then vertically. That seems perfect to me, unless we’re permitting 20+ tags.