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For discussions about the site's tags - what tags we should have (and which ones should be removed), and what topics each tag should or should not include.

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When should I use “soft-question” tag? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the [soft-question] tag for? I have seen "soft-question" tag on main site. I want to know its purpose. And, why is it here?
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State-of-the-art tag?

I don't know if this has been asked before (or possibly in other SEs), but a quick search didn't turn up anything. This question or this one are questions that ask about, roughly, what recent ...
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Astronomy tags were not merged?

I see that Astronomy beta was merged into Physics, however, many of my questions are now untagged. Is there some way we can get all the tags on Astronomy moved over to Physics and applied to the ...
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Capturing theoretical-physics crowd with Research Level Tag

Well, theoretical physics has failed (the site, not the discipline). We should make some effort to recapture whatever interest and audience it had. The easiest way to do that would be to introduce a "...
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Tag cleanup chat session

Recently we've had some efforts to clean up the tags on the site (example), so I've created a chat event to collect any input that the community - that's you - may want to offer. It's scheduled for ...
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Can we burninate the “paradox” tag?

paradox doesn't help characterize the physics content of a question. Sure, there are some questions that deal with (apparent) paradoxes, but I think it's enough that the question title or body ...
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“how things work” tag?

Now that the how-things-work site has been closed and in spite of some people wishing to raise the standard, there are a number of questions about the physics of how things such as common machines and ...
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Ambiguity in the [color] tag

Nine questions were tagged color. Of these seven related to the perceptual values of different frequencies of visible light, and two related to the characteristic charge of the strong nuclear force. ...
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What to do with tide related tags

I noticed tidal.force today. Now clearly, that have a . where we expect a -, so it needs to be fixed, but what should the tag ...
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what's the best way to handle tag edit-warring?

A user has just detagged a question I tagged. I haven't retagged: I suspect that this user would be all too happy with an edit war. It seems terribly trivial, but I've bumped into this user's ...
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Tags for math level

Should we have tags indicating the level of mathematical sophistication wanted in answers? (almost) "no maths". high-school level maths. (Simple algebra, geometry and a little calculus). Normal ...
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What are the meanings of “books” and “reference-request”?

It's been (slightly) bugging me for a while that we have two tags for questions about reading material, books and reference-request. I've never been quite clear about what the difference is, or should ...
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Correct duplicate tags - solar.system and solar-system

There are two duplicate tags, solar.system solar-system Please correct
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Unreadable dark text on tag pages. [closed]

On tag pages such as https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/electromagnetism, the text "tag has no wiki summary, would you like to" is unreadably dark. However, the "help us create it?" ...
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Is solid state physics the same as condensed matter physics?

I've been under the impression that "solid state physics" is just an older term for what is now commonly called "condensed matter physics," i.e. that they refer to essentially the same types of ...
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Should we replace the [mechanics] tag with more specific ones?

As it stands right now, I think the [mechanics] tag is useless in the best cases, and a little harmful in the worst cases. The problem is that it way too broad to be considered a topic. The number ...
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What is the [soft-question] tag for?

That's it really. Not contesting anything, just asking.
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Do practice problems encountered in independent study or exam review get the “homework” tag?

I tagged this question as homework, and the user replied that it wasn't homework, but a practice problem for exam review. In my view, exactly the same question could be asked as homework and exam ...
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What to do with 'universe' and 'space' tags?

If you look at the universe and space tags you'll immediately notice that except for one or two of the questions the rest either has wrong tags, are closed or else are hugely down-voted (by the way, ...
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What to do with tag wikis?

Having gained 1500 reputation, I didn't lose any time and created a tag wiki for classical-mechanics. I quickly found out that creating something useful isn't easy at all. Actually, I am not really ...
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Tag synonyms for voting

Post here tag synonym proposals for voting. For example: what tags should by synonyms of "quantum-mechanics"? See also this meta post. This post can also be used to suggest minor changes to a tag, ...
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What tag should we use to indicate “how does X work?” ?

This can help distinguish questions about specific problems and theoretical physics from "practical" ones that tend to generate interest in people that are less interested in science and math. I am ...
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Is it possible to select questions by two or more tags at once?

For example: reseach-level + particle-physics + quantum-field-theory
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Can we get rid of the “philosophy” tag?

I know there are good tags and not-so-good tags, but this one in particular just irks me. Physics is not philosophy; philosophy is not physics, and if we have a "philosophy" tag on the site, it's ...
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Physics subfield tags and general tag rules

Since we have a fairly broad definition for what is allowed for discussion, we'll probably end up with a number of variations on the standard physics subfield tags. What are some general rules we ...

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