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At the moment we've got 62 questions tagged with [discussion] on meta. I believe that this tag is insignificant and should be avoided if not even removed.

  • The main purpose of the meta site is discussion, so that tag is not very differentiating.

  • I can see some discussion-only tagged questions regarding community wiki, badges, comments, questioning, answering, quality, FAQ or SO. They're hard to find if I look for the subject as long as they don't get the subject as tag but remain merged to discussion only.

Questions with just a single tag [discussion] should get a tag describing the topic of the discussion, at least if it's not too uncommon.

Though I can see that [discussion] is marked as required tag. Perhaps this might be changed technically.

  • Can we even remove the discussion tag? – Caramdir Aug 20 '10 at 20:25
  • Good point! I can see that the tag is "required". Perhaps it could serve as fallback tag if no appropriate tag could be found. I'll lower the question for from 'remove' to 'avoid'. – Stefan Kottwitz Aug 20 '10 at 21:11
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    Non-moderators need to use one of the bug, feature-request, discussion and support tags. – Caramdir Aug 20 '10 at 21:31
  • Ah, ok! So for the mod it's a difference. However, at least a meaningful tag should be used additionally to mark about what is discussed. – Stefan Kottwitz Aug 20 '10 at 21:38
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There's two points to the discussion tag:

  1. It means nothing needs to be done with this question, from a site-maintenance point of view. Because Meta is the non-developer issue-tracking database, it makes sense to enforce that there are a set of tags that non-moderators need to choose, and then you need a non-issue tag. There could be many non-issue tags, but that risks confusion for new users.
  2. It emphasises that Meta is not a Q&A site in the way that the parent site is. Discussion is bad thing on the parent site, it's fine here.

Furthe to issue tracking, it is often hard to distinguish [discussion] and [feature-request]s, except by the tag. It's crucial there to the significance of the question.

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I agree. Thought the "tag" box here says something like "must have one of bug|feature-request|support|discussion" so I've been using "discussion" to mean "none-of-the-above". If that list weren't there then perhaps we wouldn't have so many tagged as "discussion".

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    Exactly. Questions in meta are often difficult to tag without inventing a new label. – Martin Tapankov Aug 20 '10 at 20:27

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