We have a few tags that are effectively sub-tags, using a prefix and another word. [sr4.shadowrun], [sr4.matrix], and [sr4.technomancer] appear to use that model. I think [dd-oriental-adventures] is using dd as a prefix to "oriental-adventures" but it's difficult to say - it might just be an attempt to prevent ambiguous interpretation. [dice] and [dice-notation] is close, too.

Should we use tags like this? Should we attempt to encourage their use? Is there a better metric than "do it when it seems to make sense" to determine when their use is appropriate?


To repeat my answer here, since this isn't techically closable as the same question as the one Richard linked but my answer's the same...

I do not think that doing subtags like [dd3.5-monsters] is a good idea. That should be [dd3.5] [monsters], or even better [dd] [dd3.5] [monsters]. Otherwise we get tag sprawl with every single combination that you could have (oh look, this question should be tagged [discussion-tagging-community-wiki]). I think this is a crutch for those who don't know how to and/or tags.

That is also how it's done on the main trinity. On Stack Overflow, for example, you would tag a perl question [perl], additionally with [perl5] if it is specific to that version. There are very few exceptions to this. For example, there is a [perl-module] tag - but there are more questions tagged [perl] [module] than [perl-module].

My conclusion - no hierarchical, multipart, whatnot tags. Ones that exist should be retagged.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I figured it was "technicallY" ok to post a new question, since the "Convention for sub-tags" assumed that sub-tags are necessary, and I wanted to examine that assumption. Is there a better way to handle this without making you wish you could close it? \$\endgroup\$ – kodi Sep 9 '10 at 3:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, wait - I see now that the other question did offer separate tags as an option. I was just paying too much attention to the title. \$\endgroup\$ – kodi Sep 9 '10 at 3:55

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