This site is all but ready to move on to public beta, but we tend to agree — we're giving this site another week to shore up the core community before launch.
You have set up a strong foundation of what works on this site, but this extra week will help you put some of that dialog into action… and to let it all soak in so the core community is ...
I agree, we need to answer some critical questions before we leave private beta.
If we don't have a strong community agreement on these we will have inconsistant policy and people will get inconsistent down/close votes, and will be driven away from the site.
Important meta-questions /policies, that are still open, that need to be
decided on prior to ...
Looks like a sockpuppet to me. I've deleted the question, suspended and warned the parent user, and destroyed the sock puppet. The bounty was a 'very' nice touch, if not for the fact that it was very suspicious.
While full disclosure is necessary, it isn't sufficient sometimes.
Nice catch ;)
DONE (re-tagged by Braiam; synonym still needed)
We've got two tags for translation software:
We only need one, so I would recommend merging and creating a synonym from one to the other. I personally think this should be translation > translators.
We got rid of the tag free because it is ambiguous: it could mean free (libre) software (i.e. open source, software that you can adopt and modify), or freeware (gratis software, i.e. software that the vendor doesn't charge for).
It has recently become possible to show a short guidance text when a poster tries to use a blacklisted tag. I propose:
The tag '...
Yes, that's a good idea. We currently have this text about how to ask a software recommentation question (plus some bits about answers):
Please read our question quality guidelines before posting.
Good software recommendation requests have two components:
A purpose — a task to accomplish, a user story
Some objective requirements — a minimum set of features
The main things we need to do before public beta are:
Evaluate the quality of what we have.
As part of this: A call to arms: review these answers!
Determine our minimum quality threshold.
How are we going to moderate answers?
Work out quality guidelines.
I think we're doing well on that front: What is required for a question to contain "enough ...
I would propose that the best option although I don't know if it is (easily) possible would be a limited public beta; like open it up and allow up 200 new users to register and then close it for another week. This would have lots of benefits over both going totally public and keeping private for another week:
Give everyone a bigger pool of users to get rep ...
Browsing through the questions of the former, I agree they match the tag-wiki description of the latter – so I'd say they should be merged. To avoid the "left-over" to be re-created, it should be made a synonym.
Though the second one has a tag wiki and the other one doesn't, I feel surveys should be the master (maybe the tag-wiki could be copied over?).
Thank you for posting this. I noticed this the other day when I was performing a bunch of tag maintenance, and it is on my list of things to address.
Prompted by your post, I took a look at the 14 questions currently tagged with browser. All of them are referring to web browsers and not file browsers or media browsers.
As such, I agree that it's a good ...
We've got mail, emails and email-client. While the first two are already dealt with in my other request: email-client should either be merged into that other group as well, or we wait for email-server. In the latter case, do we still need emails, or rather stick to the two client/server tags? I could imagine emails used in other contexts as well, e.g. some ...
I think the tags are used for two different things: gathering statistics from observed phenomena, and analyzing statistical data. However the split between the two tag names stats and statistics is not correlated with these two meanings. I can't see any difference between the tags, so they should be merged.
Let's make statistics the main tag, since it's the ...
With names that are so close to each other, keeping both isn't very useful: if you type network, completion will show networking. I left the synonym network for the sake of incoming migrations, since several sites that might plausibly migrate to us use the tag name network.
Good find. Merge performed and synonym created. I've kept the tag name subversion, as noone will search for apache-subversion – and if you look at the bottom of that Wikipedia page, even Wikipedia refers to it simply as "Subversion" in its listings ;)
First, I did rename appstore to app-store. Sounds reasonable.
I also renamed some of these pluralization/hyphenation tags as they seemed appropriate. The unused tags left behind will be cleaned up shortly, and it will be more difficult to re-create them once the reputation limits are raised when the site goes public.
But tag synonyms are really designed to ...
The alternatives tag is a meta tag.
it should be banned and burniated.
Good questions, will provide examples of what as program that is similar to what they want.
So most questions will deserve this tag.
(Community Wiki, Please feel free to edit this to provide arguments in favour of the banning of the tag.)
DONE retagging. Synonym needed.
Synonym blueray, cd and dvd to optical-media. All programs addressing one will most likely also address the other.
(Edit after two upvotes) Should also include optical-drive.
images is a little confusing, and maybe should be renamed to pictures. Otherwise there might be confusion when it comes to graphics versus disk-images. Same could be said for image-editing (as one could edit e.g. an iso-image as well).
Sure, that could be made clear in the tag-wiki (and excerpt), as currently done by Angelo. But it might prove useful to ...
/about /tour (the two point to the same thing) is kind of the new /faq#on-topic, it's a lot more discoverable than /help/on-topic. Nevertheless you're right, we should update that. I've added content similar to our /about. Feedback welcome.
Shog9 has added free and alternative back to the list of disallowed tags and also added free-software. free and free-software guide the user towards gratis and open-source.
It turns out that disallowed tag entries are culled automatically if they aren't triggered for 90 days. Our experience shows that this isn't ideal: our undesirable tags came back. Maybe ...
standards would be an appropriate tag for software related to standards in general, which is sufficiently rare that I don't expect any legitimate use for the tag any time soon. It is not an appropriate tag on any of the three questions that it has been created for:
C++ IDE for Windows with a rich feature set: Code completion, refactoring, etc — This is ...
The master tag is now sql-server and I've created mssql as a synonym. We don't need to introduce every variant: if someone starts typing ms-sql-server then mssql will show up as a completion, and as for sql-srever it shouldn't be in the SO list, we can't catch every typo.