Why is there no tag?

I tried to enter a new tag, but only users with a high reputation as 300 are able to generate a new one.

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! Please have a look to page tex.stackexchange.com/help/whats-reputation
    – Mensch
    Dec 19, 2018 at 13:17
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    What tag do you want to add? Dec 19, 2018 at 13:30
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    here on tex.meta (where this question belongs, because it is not about tex but about the website tex.se) is already a tag reputation: tex.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/reputation Dec 19, 2018 at 13:41
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    Answer a TikZ - related question and you will be flooded with reputation ;-)
    – user31729
    Dec 19, 2018 at 19:15
  • @ChristianHupfer Please have a look here. The data does not necessarily support this statement.
    – user121799
    Dec 20, 2018 at 20:35
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    @marmot: That doesn't convince me. Most top users answer have answers in almost any tag and answer basically any question they can grip, so it's naturally that they will have a lot of rep, by stray votes or having just the advantage of being a top user .... so they pile up more rep ... it's a 'vicious' circle...
    – user31729
    Dec 20, 2018 at 22:51
  • @ChristianHupfer I agree on the circle but what does that have to do with the observation that the data does not support the statement that tikz-pgf posts draw particularly many votes? My comment was only that I fail to see any data supporting "Answer a TikZ - related question and you will be flooded with reputation". According to moewe's analysis there are other tags which give more reputation on average.
    – user121799
    Dec 20, 2018 at 23:03
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    It's worth pointing out, by the way, that there is a reputation requirement to create new tags for a reason. Tags are meant to very broadly indicate the theme of a question. They're more like the section your question would go in in a library. Many people new to the site want to create all kinds of overly specific tags (I'm not saying you would, possibly you intended to create a tag we still need). Generally the tags we have at the moment are more than sufficient and even if the tag you had in mind would be nice, the question you were asking will surely be at home in any existing tag for now
    – Au101
    Dec 21, 2018 at 17:41
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    If you think an important tag is missing you could open a question here on meta to discuss it. If people agree they may create the tag for you. If you are writing a question and think a tag is missing, add a comment or a small footnote in the question itself and someone who can create the tag may be so nice to retag your question with the new tag. If you are asking for a tag "reputation" on the main site, that would probably not be very useful.
    – moewe
    Dec 23, 2018 at 9:36

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