I recently came across [this] question and thought that it should be tagged "Coordinate-Geometry". However, to my astonishment, no such tag exists. Why is it so?

I finally created that tag. I do not know the formal procedure for a tag creation. Does just putting it to a question creates a tag or do the mods look at it afterwards?


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Because we already have .

See e.g. Wikipedia. I have inserted a synonym for coordinate geometry to the tag.

For the second part of the question, yes, just creating it will do. Some mods (like yours truly) would do drive-by clean-up of the tags every now and then. So if we spot a new tag that is a synonym of an established old one, we will usually just silently merge the new into the old and set-up a "tag synonym".

If you are really not sure whether a tag should belong, you can always make a meta question of it.

If you fully expect a tag to be there but could not find it, it may help also to ask around on chat. People have been around longer may be more familiar with the quirks with our tagging system. (For example, that we have a for the two subjects under one heading is historical [someone made a choice early on] and to disentangle the two just seems too much work with too little gain.)

  • $\begingroup$ I figured it out almost immediately and was about to delete the question. $\endgroup$ Sep 23, 2013 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ In the case of Meta, honest questions almost always deserve to stay. Someone else may have a similar question with regards to some other tag, and in which case I will not have to re-write the answer again if this one is available. :-) I always think it is a good idea for new users to ask about "stuff" on meta. It keeps us on our toes about what we consider "obvious" and "well-known" and "settled". And it helps make the whole site more friendly to new users. $\endgroup$ Sep 23, 2013 at 12:40

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