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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)
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I think this also depends on the community, so I suggest changing the limit at the community level instead of having a limit across all the Codidact communities.

For the specific case of Software Development, the five-tag limit seems to work fine. If we aim to have meaningful tags as shown by Lundin in this post, having a rather low tag limit is actually useful because we want to avoid:

  • generic tags
  • tags about the question content
  • company names in tags
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Tag naming vs number of tags (1 comment)
A tag limit is not the best means to prevent these problems; it even risks being counter-productive. (1 comment)
Tag naming vs number of tags
Lundin‭ wrote 6 months ago

I think tag naming vs number of tags are separate issues. There are situations at SO where 5 tags could be too restrictive. Example from programming: you wish to ask about the feature "anonymous structures and unions" and how it is different between the C11 and C++11 standards. Here the tags anonymous-struct and anonymous-union would both have been appropriate. It would not have been wrong to use struct or union either. The question is specifically about C11 vs C++11 so the tags C11 and C++11 are necessary. Each of these have a tag usage rule stating that they should always be used in combination with the parent tag C or C++. We end up with anonymous-struct, anonymous-union, (struct), (union), c, c11, c++, c++11. Even if we tried to be restrictive, we've already used up 4 tags for programming language specs alone. Far from ideal.