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Q&A Assessing the 5 tag limit

Such a tag limit seems low to me, though I can't think of any specific cases in which more than 5 tags would apply. However, I'm not sure what the use in limiting this upfront is; I'm not sure it s...

posted 6mo ago by Andreas‭  ·  edited 6mo ago by Andreas‭

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#3: Post edited by user avatar Andreas‭ · 2023-08-14T14:31:09Z (6 months ago)
  • Such a tag limit seems low to me, though I can't think of any specific cases in which more than 5 tags would apply. However, I'm not sure what the use in limiting this upfront is; I'm not sure it solves any problems that aren't better addressed in other ways. In case there actually is a need for more than 5 tags, this limit is nothing but an annoying barrier. In other cases, in which there's not a need for that many tags, but a user attempts to apply an excess amount nonetheless, that's an indicator that the post is in need of an edit anyway. As such, a large amount of tags serves as a sign that the post in question somehow needs an improvement. That is not a bad thing.
  • Completely removing the limit opens the system to abuse. That is not a good idea, but the limit doesn't have to be this low to prevent that. Increasing it to 10 should satisfy all the needs. There are possibly some cases where 6-10 tags might apply; more than that, seems too unlikely at this moment.
  • Such a tag limit seems low to me, though I can't think of any specific cases in which more than 5 tags would apply. However, I'm not sure what the use in limiting this upfront is; I'm not sure it solves any problems that aren't better addressed in other ways. In case there actually is a need for more than 5 tags, this limit is nothing but an annoying barrier. In other cases, in which there's not a need for that many tags, but a user attempts to apply an excess amount nonetheless, that's an indicator that the post is in need of an edit anyway. As such, a large amount of tags serves as a sign that the post in question somehow needs an improvement. That is not a bad thing.
  • Completely removing the limit opens the system to abuse. That is not a good idea, but the limit doesn't have to be this low to prevent that. Increasing it to 10 should satisfy all the needs. There are possibly some cases where 6-10 tags might apply; more than that, seems too unlikely at this moment.
  • I suggest increasing the limit to 10 tags, and rather show a warning when a user attempts to add more than 3-4 tags; this ensures that one's never hard limited for when the need actually arises, and that users are cautioned and taught to attempt using fewer tags.
#2: Post edited by user avatar Andreas‭ · 2023-08-14T14:27:52Z (6 months ago)
  • Why is there a limit on 5 tags in the first place? Is it to prevent cluttering? Technical reasons?
  • Such a tag limit seems low to me, though I can't think of any specific cases in which more than 5 tags would apply. However, I'm not sure what the use in limiting this upfront is; I'm not sure it solves any problems that aren't better addressed in other ways. In case there actually is a need for more than 5 tags, this limit is nothing but an annoying barrier. In other cases, in which there's not a need for that many tags, but a user attempts to apply an excess amount nonetheless, that's an indicator that the post is in need of an edit anyway. As such, a large amount of tags serves as a sign that the post in question somehow needs an improvement. That is not a bad thing.
  • Completely removing the limit opens the system to abuse. That is not a good idea, but the limit doesn't have to be this low to prevent that. Increasing it to 10 should satisfy all the needs. There are possibly some cases where 6-10 tags might apply; more than that, seems too unlikely at this moment.
  • Such a tag limit seems low to me, though I can't think of any specific cases in which more than 5 tags would apply. However, I'm not sure what the use in limiting this upfront is; I'm not sure it solves any problems that aren't better addressed in other ways. In case there actually is a need for more than 5 tags, this limit is nothing but an annoying barrier. In other cases, in which there's not a need for that many tags, but a user attempts to apply an excess amount nonetheless, that's an indicator that the post is in need of an edit anyway. As such, a large amount of tags serves as a sign that the post in question somehow needs an improvement. That is not a bad thing.
  • Completely removing the limit opens the system to abuse. That is not a good idea, but the limit doesn't have to be this low to prevent that. Increasing it to 10 should satisfy all the needs. There are possibly some cases where 6-10 tags might apply; more than that, seems too unlikely at this moment.
#1: Initial revision by user avatar Andreas‭ · 2023-08-14T14:26:51Z (6 months ago)
Why is there a limit on 5 tags in the first place? Is it to prevent cluttering? Technical reasons? 

Such a tag limit seems low to me, though I can't think of any specific cases in which more than 5 tags would apply. However, I'm not sure what the use in limiting this upfront is; I'm not sure it solves any problems that aren't better addressed in other ways. In case there actually is a need for more than 5 tags, this limit is nothing but an annoying barrier. In other cases, in which there's not a need for that many tags, but a user attempts to apply an excess amount nonetheless, that's an indicator that the post is in need of an edit anyway. As such, a large amount of tags serves as a sign that the post in question somehow needs an improvement. That is not a bad thing.

Completely removing the limit opens the system to abuse. That is not a good idea, but the limit doesn't have to be this low to prevent that. Increasing it to 10 should satisfy all the needs. There are possibly some cases where 6-10 tags might apply; more than that, seems too unlikely at this moment.