There are currently 6 questions tagged . Is this tag useful?

The first requirement for a tag to be useful is for the community to agree on its meaning. I think I see what means: it's used on questions about solving puzzles, as opposed to designing puzzles and other activities. may be a better name for that. Is my intuited meaning consensual? If not, what should it mean?

The second consideration is whether the tag is useful. scores 1/2 on the meta tag checklist: it's reasonably objective (assuming the meaning above), but it doesn't really stand alone on a question. Another test for tags is the usage triptych:

  • Might someone subscribe to it? I guess so, if you're interested in solving puzzles but not setting them.
  • Might someone ignore it? I guess so, if you're interested in designing puzzles but not in solving them.
  • Is it useful in searches? Maybe a little.

A tag is only useful if it's consistently applied, however, and I can see this being problematic. We have a lot more than 6 questions about solving puzzles, most of them do not have the tag. And there's a lot of overlap between designing and solving activities — a lot of questions are about analyzing a puzzle and relevant to both solving and setting.

So should we have this tag? If so, what are its usage rules?


I'm solidly on the fence. On the one hand, it's a quick, easy way to tell if someone wants a solution. On the other hand, what sort of questions are not solutions?

Yes, could be helpful, but I don't see how on earth it could be applied consistently (as you mentioned), unless, like meta, questions had a required tag (I'd suggest adding , , and to ). But then we run into another issue you mentioned: What about a question that fits more than one of those tags?

I'm not sure there is a solution, certainly not an easy one.

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    $\begingroup$ I agree: it's too general of a tag to have constructive use $\endgroup$ – user20 May 21 '14 at 22:43

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