Yesterday I asked a question which was based on a conceptual confusion, as was revealed by the excellent answers I received.
It made me think that it would be nice if that fact was visible straight away for anyone coming to the page. There would be a second line of tags, relating to the nature of the question, and in my case one could see in that line the tag "misconception" (that I would have added after having read the answers).
Some of the tags that come to mind would be:
- "technical" for the discussion of a technical point
- "perspective" for open questions such as this one
- "common-misconception" for questions such as the ones listed here
- "reference" for well-posed questions with good answers
- "canonical" for even better-posed questions with even better answers
- "speculative" for questions found to be not quite in line with mainstream physics
- "basic", "conceptual", "experimental", "thought-experiment", "factual", etc.
Having such a set of tags would make the site even more useful. For example I would love to browse the "experimental" collection in "quantum-mechanics", or the "reference" one in "electromagnetism".
Respectively, coming to a page and be able to see right away that the question is a "misconception" puts you in the right mindset for better understanding the answers.
Now who would be allowed to set those tags? Probably the OP (although I can easily see how the OP would find very tempting to remove a not too glorious tag), the author of an accepted or upvoted answer, and also anyone with a large enough reputation.
In a nutshell this proposal would give a qualitative dimension to the question metric currently based on votes that would also take the answers into account.