As a follow-up to this question:

Should we allow hackspaces to have their own tags?

I think this is an interesting idea, but I'm not sure about how well it would fit into the SE format, or if it would be accepted/appreciated by the wider community.

Some Pros:

  • People can follow their local hackspace and easily see questions from people in their own local community, get involved helping out with projects, etc.
  • It can help existing communities cooperate with the wider global community while retaining some identity and thus extending their community spirit outwards
  • It encourages a great open/sharing mindset within the Engineering.SE community

Some Cons:

  • Other organisations such as large engineering corporations may want/expect their own tags, or users may assume this is ok and create them
  • Such tags wouldn't be about any specific engineering subject so may confuse some users
  • It may be difficult to name them clearly and consistently because hackspaces tend to create their own identity rather than following a consistent naming convention

I would love to hear people's thoughts on this.


1 Answer 1



Organizations do not get tags. They are meta-tags and should be burned with prejudice:

From this point on, meta-tagging is explicitly discouraged.

How can you tell you’re using a meta-tag? It’s easier than you might think.

  1. If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question. Meta-tags, like [beginner], [subjective], and [best-practices], are useless by themselves — they tell you nothing at all about the content of the question.

Above quote from The Death of Meta Tags on the StackOverflow Blog.

  • $\begingroup$ Yeah - I think I agree with that. It also concurs with this answer: meta.engineering.stackexchange.com/a/128/95 which I have just found (should do more research before asking questions). $\endgroup$
    – jhabbott
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 23:20
  • $\begingroup$ It rarely hurts to have a specific question for a specific tag, even if the verdict is the same as for some other tag. $\endgroup$
    – Air
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 0:13
  • $\begingroup$ Likewise, per site tagging encourages localization. Questions that are highly localized tend to have lower lasting value for the over SE system. $\endgroup$
    – user16
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 0:13

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