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Currently we have the following tags (and number of questions in each):

14
7 (and the synonym )
5
3

and

53

Currently, the only questions utilizing more than one of those tags are:
Differences between siddurim of the same nusach
Friday Night Prayer before Maariv - Kegavnah or Bameh Madlikin
When to say LeDovid HaShem Ori in a minyan with different nusach

I don't understand our situation. Most questions asked recently get placed in the newer group tag even if they are about one particular Nusach. Why do we have both specific and general categories, if the former aren't used?

What do you think should be done (or not done) about the current situation? How do you view each tag functioning in the future?

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I suggest collapse everything into and use general tags (, , , perhaps or even a new one) where appropriate. To search for questions of a certain Nusach, you could search for two tags at once, such as: [nuschaot] [ashkenazi].

Part of the reason I suggest this is that many times questions deal with multiple nuschaot, all nuschaot or an unknown nusach. That is why a generalized tag seems best. Using all the individual tags would quickly clog the question (note there is a maximum of 5 tags per question).

It also allows for greater specificity, for example, if the question relates to a Chabad Nusach: just add .

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    I agree with this completely, with the sole nitpick that given this approach I think "nusach" makes more sense than the plural as a tag. – yoel Jan 3 '13 at 9:32
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Keep the current tags. I envision the specific-nusach tags for questions about a prayer in a specific nusach (whether it's about wording/versions or not; e.g., a question on p'shat in the blessing "Borchenu" in shm"a) and for questions about versions (e.g., saying "Borchenu" vs. "Barech alenu").

(Moreover, I think it's worth distinguishing questions about Ashk'nazim's nusach "S'farad" from questions about Ashk'nazim's nusach "Ashk'naz". And is worth distinguishing from IMO.)

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  • With regards to your last point, this is no difficulty: you would tag "chasidus" for Sefard and "chabad" for Ari IMO. – yoel Jan 3 '13 at 16:50

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