The tag-list has become awfully cluttered.
But now we received the option to retag without bumping the question. (blessed be he whoever implemented this!)
So the path is cleared to do some major cleanup… but how to do it right?
Good amount of questions per Tag?
How to deal with bad questions?
Comment or no comment?
Karma-hurdle for creating new tags? How high?
When you answer, please keep in mind:
UnityAnswers is meant to be a place to ask questions
UnityAnswers is meant to be a place to find answers
Major-Edit -3: I transfered the thoughts of this question into an answer
What is the use of the tag " Unity"? I would expect that it is appropriate at each question so isn’t it better to delete it everywhere and don’t allow users to use it?
'sweetspot'-amount of elements for a Tag: 20-100
NOTE: This obviously only applies until we get a tag-search-option with &&- and ||-operators!
100 elements are about the maximum to sift through manually before turning to on-site- or google-search
(One of the major merit of Tags, opposed to search, is the option to ‘sort by most voted’)
Comment when I re-tag and/or change the headline?
pro: people are educated to properly tag themselves.
pro: new users will be irritated if their Headline suddenly changed. (I know I was *very* confused and agitated when that happened to me once in the very beginning... so on the one hand, I was happy about the explanation)
con: the poor guy will get his hopes up, that he got an answer to his question and is both disappointed AND (somewhat) suffers a snub. (that's also the way I felt then.)
con: depending on his settings, the re-tagger might be spammed with notifications of topics he merely re-tagged.
major con: age-old topics will show up in the 'active' page even now that we have a 'non-activation-retag'
So short answer:
- Comment when retagging a question ‘last-activation < 48h’
- Never comment when mass-retagging old questions
I am ab-so-fragg-o-lutely pro hurdle!
We currently have over 8100 Tags! That’s not healthy…
Don’t make it insanely difficult though. Around 200 Karma. That would currently enable 400 Users to create new tags.
(Edited my estimation of sensible karma-hurdle for new tags)
How to retag
what content should the tags reflect?
When the question is opened and the OP does a good job, the tags will reflect the question at first.
If someone finds a poorly-tagged good or new question (something to upvote or age<48h) without good answers, he should support the OP and add Tags that reflect the question.
Older and/or well-answered questions, tag the content of the answers rather than the question.
Usually content of question and answer should be so close that it doesn’t matter. (But for bad questions it CAN differ quite much).
The question is probably abandoned or solved and no longer needs to attract new answers so desperately.
The OP is no longer the primary ‘help-target’.
Instead, people searching for similar problems should be supported.
So no matter how stupid or bad or hard to decipher a question may be - if it has a good answer, tag it that people looking for this answer can find it.
How deal with bad questions
Tags we currently have to deal with this:
Awful lot, don’t you agree? (please comment if I missed any)
Can we reduce them? How do we use them?
- I think ‘not-a-question’, ‘not-unity-related’ and ‘off-topic’ should be merged into ‘not-answers-material’ (it’s a neutral, catch-all term).
I’m a bit torn about what to do with lost-in-translation. for the occasional question in portogese or swedish or the request for dutch tutorials… Is UnityAnswers an ‘english only’ platform per definition so we can catch those with ‘not-answers-material’ as well? Or does it have to stay?
‘not-enough-information’ Note: this should only be applied if OP has abandoned the question (not active for >7 days)
I think ‘spam’ should not be a tag. Report it and tag it ‘flagged-for-delete’
As annoying as ‘write-my-code’-questions are, they sometimes get really cool answers.
Don’t let these efforts go to waste by tagging the question with a shun-tag.
If the question is old and has no answer, then it’s a case for ‘flagged-for-delete’ else tag it according to answer
When to apply a 'shun'-tag?
If lastActivity > 1 month and no good answer, the above tags REPLACE all other taggs. We want useless questions to show up on the search as little as possible, so we should not leave any content-related tags.
Double-post, no answers: replace all tags wit ‘duplicated-question’ and ‘flagged-for-delete’, close or delete, if you can.
Double-post, good answer: add ‘duplicated-question’ and ‘flagged-for-close’ or close if you can
asked-a-million-times, new and/or answer: add ‘duplicated-question’ and ‘flagged-for-close’ or close if you can; add link
asked-a-million-times, old, no-answer: replace all tags with ‘flagged-for-delete’