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I propose a tag which I think is important, but this is a special tag which cannot stand alone. This tag means the variant of another tag.

If we create a puzzle like solving a modified horse step on chessboard, I think it quite misleading if we put the tag , but it is not if we put 2 tags and .

I checked the tags, and there are many that can be put together with the proposed tag. For example, , , , , , , , , etc.

I have created a sudoku-like puzzle, and I put the tag . But my friend says it is not sudoku, so I should not put the tag .

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't think it's a necessary tag because if there is a significant variance, it'll be explained in the puzzle. Nonetheless, it would be nice to have. $\endgroup$ – Areeb Sep 1 '16 at 4:12
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Smells like a meta tag to me, and therefore wouldn't make a good tag... It makes no sense on it's own and it arguably means different things to different people (or depending on what other tags are present).

I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong using tags to indicate that a question/puzzle has aspects of that thing (i.e. your example is fine tagged with ).

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  • $\begingroup$ Hey, your gravatar changed! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Sep 1 '16 at 5:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi - well that's weird... o_O $\endgroup$ – Alconja Sep 1 '16 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ Who are you and what have you done with the real Alconja? $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Sep 1 '16 at 5:27
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know... I thought I was the real one... but now I'm not so sure... a coma maybe? $\endgroup$ – Alconja Sep 1 '16 at 5:28
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like I've been hit by whatever this issue is... I want my old one back :( $\endgroup$ – Alconja Sep 1 '16 at 5:31
  • $\begingroup$ To me your gravatar looks the same as ever on the main site, but different (yellow) in chat. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 1 '16 at 11:44
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor - yeah, I "fixed" it, by grabbing a cached copy from archive.org and manually overriding the broken gravatar one. $\endgroup$ – Alconja Sep 1 '16 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed. Besides, what would [A] [B] [variant] mean? $\endgroup$ – Rosie F Sep 1 '16 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ @RosieF I suppose that would mean a variant of both tags? Unless it is specified in the puzzle, which would defeat the purpose of the variant tag $\endgroup$ – Areeb Sep 1 '16 at 13:02
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I don't think it would be necessary.

My guideline is this: I only make new tags if

  • someone might want to ignore all posts of that type
  • someone might want to only look at posts of that type

I can't imagine either of those cases occurring for .

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  • $\begingroup$ There's a lot more issues than this surrounding tagging, including many possible criteria and even a lot of controversy on some sites. E.g. here is a list of criteria which was used on Chem and SFF, but after more experience with it, SFF decided that it was too unreliable. Shog has a list of criteria which is simpler and better, but still has more to it than your one guideline here. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 1 '16 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ @rand: Yes, I realize that this is not nearly enough. I implicitly consider all of Shog's criteria as well - this is for whether a tag is useful, not whether a tag is allowed. (I find some of Shog's criteria trivially obvious - e.g. "on topic for the site" could probably go unstated.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Sep 1 '16 at 15:27

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