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Questions tagged [tagging]

Tags are keywords or labels that categorize and group your question with other, similar questions. If your post at meta is about suggesting new tags, choosing correct tags for some question, suggesting removal of some tag, this tag is appropriate for such question.

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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

Note. After over one month of discussion, and more than one week of voting, I think the community has decided. Leave the tag alone: 43 upvotes (20.38%) Consider the tag deprecated, but do ...
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A Graph Map of Math.SE

I've just made a map of tags for Math.SE. (And to some degree - a greatly simplified map of mathematics.) In short: tag size is related to tag popularity (caveat: see below) and edges are related to ...
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An interactive graph of Math.SE tags

Some time I created A Graph Map of Math.SE, which met with a warm response from this community. Encouraged by this, I created a new visualization, this time interactive and up-to-date (as long as the ...
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Would a tag for “check-my-proof” questions be useful?

I am aware that it is probably better not to have too many meta-tags such as homework, soft-question, big-list or reference-request. Despite of this I'd like to ask other MSE users, whether they would ...
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Do we want tag warnings, and for which tags?

(Inspired by this meta.academia.SE discussion) A new feature has been introduced this summer, tag warnings. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time information to help them ...
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How to discourage users from using the “functions” tag

The following is the tag info for the functions tags: In mathematics, a function is a relation between a set of inputs and a set of permissible outputs with the property that each input is related ...
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Large number of followers of a recently created tag

I like browsing the recently created tags to clean up the ones that shouldn't exist. Just now I noticed that that the tag real was created approximately 5 hours ago for this question. Hovering for ...
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Tag management 2016 [duplicate]

Since it is a new year and the old Tag Management question has already over 70 answers, it is time for a new Tag Management thread. Rules of the game are basically the same: Post your suggestion as ...
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Tag merging and synonyms [closed]

Moderator's Note: I am (at least) temporarily closing this thread. New suggestions should be made in the current Winter tag cleanup meta-thread. This is half a question, half an announcement. I ...
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Should rep requirements for tag creation be higher?

There are, IMO, quite a lot of badly tagged questions and... not very good tags. Some of them were discussed on meta recently; some of these discussions show, IMO, that users who created these tags ...
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Let's blacklist the [graph] tag

The graph tag is supposed to be for questions about the graphs of functions. But it is very commonly misapplied to questions that are about the graphs of graph theory. These questions are supposed ...
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Tag management 2015 [duplicate]

Tags need a regular cleanup. This is a customary thread for tag synonyms etc. Rules of the game are basically the same: post your suggestion as an answer here if you see a particularly bad tag (a ...
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Proper use of the (homework) tag redux [closed]

When, if ever, is it appropriate to add the homework tag to a question that has not been acknowledged by the OP to be homework? My position is that it is never appropriate, full stop. It’s fine to ...
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Suggestions of tags and title edits by user NormalHuman - How to do it?

Almost $90$% of the questions I have seen from the time I have joined Maths.SE, I have noticed that the user NormalHuman suggests title edits, tag edits and question modifications almost instantly ...
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What can users do to improve their Math.SE experience?

Some of recent discussions on meta revolved around various ways to deal with the growing number of questions posted on the site. For example: Is the interest in this community falling? Feature ...
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Do we need the (self-learning) tag?

The self-learning tag seems to be used to indicate that the question arose from the OP's own study rather than being assigned as homework. In the past we had a homework tag, and I imagine self-...
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Warning for new tags

I have a reasonable idea for a feature request. When a user is creating a tag the system will recognize that and point out that the following tag is new, requiring the user to acknowledge the ...
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Request for a tag for homework hints/evolution rather than solution

I realize this is not a new topic. But I've noticed that I'm not the only one getting really frustrated by the standard behavior here. Some of us teacher types are willing to engage the OP in a ...
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Do we need (tricks) tag?

A tag named tricks has recently been created in this question. So far there is no tag wiki to indicate intended usage. Do we really need such a tag? It veers slightly towards meta tags, which are ...
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The new [0.999] tag

Some one has decided to create a new tag for the whole (0.999) questions, and then tag 13 questions within a short time. I've left that user a comment regarding this behavior, but I wanted to raise ...
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How to differentiate between (elementary-number-theory) and (number-theory)

The tags elementary-number-theory and number-theory have been recently mentioned in this question: There are 1,732 questions tagged both elementary-number-theory and number-theory However, in that ...
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Retire localized meta.MSE acronyms including PSQ and its variants

Earlier in 2013, for a short time a volcano of postings about basic homework questions took over practically the entire meta.MSE, with the same 20 users rapidly exchanging what seemed to be thousands ...
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Best and worst tags for % answered rate

A noticeable pattern I have seen on Math.SE is that some question tags seem to attract more attention than others. I am curious and hope this question is of interest to the meta community; however I ...
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“Contradiction” tag — second passing

The contradiction tag has been discussed previously, here. It was also mentioned in the tag management thread. On both accounts, it was reasonably favoured that something ought to be done about it. ...
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The [proof-theory] tag is misused too often.

Proof theory is a branch of mathematical logic which treats proofs just like other mathematical objects, like numbers and sets. It's an extremely technical field, involving Gödel-numberings, ...
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The functional analysis tag

Many elementary questions about functions are given the "functional-analysis" tag. Consider the following examples, all of which are very recent: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. This is not a recent phenomena; I've ...
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MO-MSE tag incompatibility

When a question is migrated from MO to MSE, the system attempts to retag it using MSE tags (taking into account synonyms on the MSE side only; synonyms are a one-way street). If no MSE tag can be ...
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There are 1,732 questions tagged both elementary-number-theory and number-theory

(Prompted by this question) As you can see here, there are currently 1,732 questions tagged elementary-number-theory and number-theory. (For the record, there are respectively 9,252 and 10,636 ...
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“Self-Study” vs “Homework”?

I was browsing questions for category theory, and this question caught my eye due to familiarity: is there a property of a category that is preserved by category isomorphism, but not equivalence? I ...
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Is the tag [venn-diagram] necessary?

Recently the tag venn-diagram was created, with a tag wiki, and currently 20 questions tagged (although 19 of which were tagged by the creator shortly after). Do we really need this tag? On the one ...
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Is the tag [hoffman-kunze] necessary?

The tag hoffman-kunze was recently added to a few questions: Typos in Hoffman and Kunze Why is $\pi_r(L)$ a linear transformation into $\Lambda^r(V)$ Proof of Theorem 7 (Chapter 5) in Hoffman and ...
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Added the tag schubert-calculus

I have added the tag schubert-calculus and begun tagging the numerous questions that should have it. Though this is a highly advanced topic usually more suitable on MathOverflow, Schubert calculus ...
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Should math.SE have top level tags?

Many people use tags to filter out questions they view. (For example, using favorite tags, ignored tags, filters, by regularly visiting some tags or following them via e-mail notifications, by viewing ...
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Should every new tag be discussed on meta before creation?

In several discussions here on meta, one user expressed the opinion, that every new tag (or at least most of them) should be discussed on meta before creating. For example here There is a saying ...
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Tag cleanup 2014 [duplicate]

Tags need a regular cleanup. There was a number of questions on particular tags recently — but (while proposals for some really major changes should, perhaps, be posted as separate questions) maybe a ...
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Should the algebra tag be blacklisted?

I'll mention the history of the problems with algebra tag, although I think that most people who visit meta regularly know about this. The problem with algebra was that it was used for different ...
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For limits-without-lhospital, is the intent to NOT use the definition of the derivative?

The infamous limits-without-lhospital tag. A lot of these questions are of the form $$\lim_{x \to a}\dfrac{f(x)-f(a)}{x-a}$$ and anyone who's seen the first few chapters of a typical calculus book ...
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The birthday tag

Recently the birthday tag has emerged and it quickly has around 100 questions tagged (mainly by one user I suppose). This is indeed not the first time we have this tag. The last time it was deleted ...
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What is the (calculus-identities) tag intended for?

The tag calculus-identities has been created about a year ago in this question: Quotient rule/Quotient rule. When I look at questions which have this tag now (31 questions at the moment) or which ...
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Tag suggestion - without L'Hopital

There is a regular stream of questions asking for limits by elementary means - "without l'Hopital" (I've omitted the accent) - would this be a viable tag for questions? My doubt is that it simply won'...
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Riemann-Stieltjes Integral tag

There are currently separate tags for lebesgue-integral and riemann-integration, and there have been a couple cases, which were asking about Riemann-Stieltjes integration. I am wondering why is there ...
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Tag management 2018 [duplicate]

New year, new tag management thread. Rules of the game are basically the same: Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: «if I can't imagine a ...
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Suggestion for “Hint-Only” Tag

For people who only want guidance in understanding how to approach the problem, as opposed to seeing a fully fleshed out solution. Would this tag be useful? Am new to this site, so don't want to ...
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Do we need more [stability]?

Stability of solutions is a pretty big topic in differential equations, both in ODE and PDE. And there are many such questions in differential-equations tag, but they are not easy to search for, ...
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Propose new tag (translation-request)

I created a new tag (translation-request) on this post. This isn't the first time I've seen someone post a translation request, though I'm not finding any others at ...
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Can we have tag icons?

Some tags on StackOverflow have icons, such as and so on. Question: Can we have tag icons here at maths.SE? I mean "can" in the sense of "are we capable of having". I'm not saying we should or ...
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What's up with the (revision) tag?

Someone decided to introduce a revision tag, with the tag wiki: Have you got an exam looming that you're worried about? Can't understand an important revision question? Need to brush up on one ...
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Should tags be added based on answers?

Should tags be added based on answers? The specific case I have in mind is that every once in a while I answer questions using inclusion-exclusion but the question doesn't refer to inclusion-...
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What is [duality-theorem] for?

There are several concepts of duality in mathematics. There is the duality in the sense of category theory, and there is duality in optimization, and there is duality in order theory (which is closer ...
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The “mathematics” tag

I don't understand why there is a tag for "mathematics" when that is the title of this site. Does anyone think it should not be deleted?