At first sight, seems like a useful general concept which fully deserves the 61 questions tagged with it at the moment.

On closer examination, these questions can be divided into three major and a lot of minor (tag) areas. The major concepts are:

Some minor concepts associated with are , , , , ... Also, are sometimes categorized as .

In my opinion, "broad" concept tags are useful if there are either questions that don't fit into a specific concept or package (this is the case for e.g. ) or if solutions given for a specific area are likely to be applicable more generally (this is why questions about specific list environments should also be tagged with ). For , neither is the case. Every question tagged this way will need additional, more specific tags, and the answers of one subarea will be of little or no help in another subarea.

I propose that, after skimming through the questions and adding specific tags where appropriate, the tag should be abolished.

EDIT: "Killing" a tag (i.e., removing it from every question) can be done automatically and without flooding the start page -- Jeff Atwood did it with the tag.

  • +1. Did you look through the {layout} questions to see whether there are questions that are only tagged {layout} (or {layout} + something non-descriptive)?
    – Caramdir
    Apr 28, 2011 at 0:11
  • @Caramdir: There are about half a dozen questions that feature either only {layout} or {layout} plus {lyx}. There also may be questions with a mismatch between tags and actual content.
    – lockstep
    Apr 28, 2011 at 5:28
  • An additional justification for tags is that they can make it easier for people to follow questions on topics that interest them: e.g., [tikz-pgf] has 71 followers, [lyx] has 24. [layout] has only four followers, so that doesn't really seem to apply here. That said, I don't know good a proxy number of followers is for the use of tags by people who follow a topic in this way: there is the RSS feed, and I often use them manually. Apr 28, 2011 at 6:25
  • @lockstep: You probably know, but let me point out that LyX layouts have nothing to do with what you're describing in the question. (I actually have no idea what a LyX layout actually is.) Apr 28, 2011 at 7:38
  • @Hendrik: So we should introduce {lyx-layouts}?
    – Caramdir
    Apr 28, 2011 at 14:30
  • @Caramdir: I think so, yes, but as I said, I have no idea about the subject that tag would cover, so I'm a bad judge here. Apr 28, 2011 at 14:40

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As a week has passed and my proposal has gained some upvotes and positive comments, I will start to skim through questions tagged with . I will only retag questions manually where other tags need to be added, changed, or deleted; when this is done, the tag may be "killed" automatically.

EDIT: I completed the manual retagging. The tag may now be "killed" by a moderator, i.e. removed from the 21 questions still featuring it.

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    I created {lyx-layout} and added it to the appropriate questions.
    – Caramdir
    May 3, 2011 at 21:41
  • That should have been {lyx-layouts}. Let me retag again...
    – Caramdir
    May 3, 2011 at 21:42
  • This reminds me that the {style} tag is almost as useless as {layout} ...
    – lockstep
    May 3, 2011 at 21:44
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    @Jeff Atwood: In accordance with the above retagging proposal, please remove the {layout} tag from every question featuring it.
    – lockstep
    Jun 14, 2011 at 18:04
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    ok, this is done! Jun 14, 2011 at 22:24
  • @Jeff: Many thanks!
    – lockstep
    Jun 14, 2011 at 22:26

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