As I brought up in the comments of this question, it would be great if it were possible to somehow have a specified tag always be listed first on a post, or if certain special tags (in RPG.SE's case, system tags) always appeared first when applied to any post.

As SevenSidedDie pointed out in a comment there, adding any tag to a post that's more popular than the system tag:

demotes the system from the first tag spot, thus removing it from the page title and some Google searches.

This is obviously not ideal, hence my suggestion.

Please add a checkbox to the Tag Info page for moderators to mark a tag as "special", so that it is always sorted to be first on a post. (I imagine such a feature would be useful network-wide, but especially on RPG.SE.)

This would work like the four special tags on meta: all special tags are sorted by popularity first, then all normal tags are sorted by popularity.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I revised it a bit to make it more a request than a question, and added a bit about how (I imagine) the feature could work. How does that look? \$\endgroup\$ Sep 15, 2018 at 23:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks good! Thanks for the help. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Sep 16, 2018 at 5:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is a feature I’d love to see, as it would be super effective at RPG.se. I’m dubious SE would implement it, but here’s hoping! \$\endgroup\$ Sep 16, 2018 at 7:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie I could see it being useful on the main SE, where the language the question would benefit from being first, but for less common languages might be pushed behind language-agnostic tags. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage Mod
    Sep 16, 2018 at 15:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ I will note that Meta sites seem to already have a similar feature, as the "must choose at least one" tags like feature-request and discussion always appear first. That doesn't necessarily make it any easier or more likely to happen on the normal sites, but it seems to at least be possible. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 17, 2018 at 21:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ Related feature request (and maybe good to roll together if implementing): Can we color system tags to emphasize that they're different and "more meaningful"? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 26, 2019 at 17:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related 2011 meta from the Arqade, with a (disappointing) reply by Jeff Atwood: Make a special tag class for “game tags”. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Jun 22, 2019 at 7:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've added the [status-review] tag, per this MSE post: Community and Moderator guidelines for escalating issues via new response process (March 2020) \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Mar 16, 2020 at 20:36

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You make a good point regarding Google ranking. I imagine that is frustrating when you're looking for a particular answer. Thanks for putting so much thought into this.

Based on our current roadmap, this isn't work that we are planning to take on, as it doesn't coincide with functional areas that we plan to improve in the near future.


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