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Making it easier to find policy-related "rulings" here on Meta (e.g. "do we permit X in a question/answer"), I've just created the policy tag. While walking through our questions to apply the tag to those relevant, I stumpled upon the scope tag – which seems to be exactly for that, with one exception: according to its wiki excerpt, it's intended for questions (only).

So, before I uselessly tag all kind of questions:

  • shall we use the scope tag for answers as well?
  • as my example shows "scope" is not always the intuitive thing one looks for, shall we make policy a synonym to it?
  • until decided, is it a good idea to still already walk the questions, tagging them either scope or policy – and in case we decide they are the same, a merge can take care for that? Background for this: Many scope/policy related questions carry neither tag, and thus are not as easy to find.
  • I wonder if faq could work for this – Undo Aug 31 '15 at 22:17
  • @Undo might be an idea. Just afraid it would overload that, as FAQ is a bit wider from the scope (and AFAIK only mods can use that tag?). As I got no response yet, I've decided to go over our questions and apply either the scope or policy tag where it applies, and set up a tag-wiki for policy (also pointing to scope). Not too many questions involved currently, so we still can decide what to do about it and act easily. Both tags are closely related, but IMHO not totally overlapping. – Izzy Aug 31 '15 at 22:28
  • It's a mod-only tag, but I'd be inclined to apply it if someone raised a custom flag on the question. I also agree that it's not a perfect fit, though. – Undo Aug 31 '15 at 22:49
  • Thanks, @Undo. Shall we wait for some more opinions first? No need to hurry that up, better have some consense before "overloading" the faq tag. I hope some more of our active users will announce their opinions here (yeah, I'm an optimist ;) – Izzy Aug 31 '15 at 22:57
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    Oh absolutely, it'd be nice to have other folks' opinions here. – Undo Aug 31 '15 at 22:58
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  1. Use as synonyms You are definitely right that scope is not always the intuitive thing.

  2. Use the scope tag for answers as well. I think someone put 'question' in the wiki excerpt he/she assumed scope/policy issues would always be for questions (i.e. not realizing that there could be scope/policy issues with answers as well).

One caveat: Just looking at it 'from language': policy includes scope.

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