The tag description says

{enumerate} is about the enumerate list environment. If you use this tag, add the more general {lists} tag.

Why should we add a more general tag? Giving a more specific tag seems more reasonable to me. Or did I misunderstood the description?

  • It may seem redundant, but LaTeX provides the user with a generic list environment (in TeX this is a trivlist), which gives rise to lists.
    – Werner Mod
    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:23
  • you may be right, but what if an curious user who searches your Q from top ( lists ) to bottom( enumerate ) instead of narrowly searching Q's in enumerate tag, lists tag segregate all sub environments, generic tags won't harm IMO. Jul 31, 2014 at 5:41

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In the case of list environments, questions and answers about one specific type (enumerate, itemize, ...) will often be useful for other types as well. Examples are Q+A's about spacing or page breaks before or after lists, spacing between list items, indentation of item labels, ... Therefore, the tag descriptions of , , and recommend to add the general tag. If you're sure that a question is only applicable to a specific list type (e.g., cross-referencing items of an enumerate list), you may omit the general tag.

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    I see. Didn't know that these problems can be useful for other list types as well, but it seems reasonable. Thanks!
    – marktani
    Jul 31, 2014 at 20:47

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