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When asking questions I usually take some reasonable guesses on tagging and then, most of the time, somebody comes along and adds tags that I didn't know existed. Part of this, at least for me, is that we have a lot of tags -- more than twice as many as the most "mature" site I participate on, English Language & Usage. And the tag view is flat, not hierarchical, so browsing to get a sense of our tag set is nigh unto impossible.

What is the best way to make our tags more tractable? Should we have a hierarchical list on meta or in the FAQ? Should we try to review everything and ask "is this tag really necessary?"?

Or do we really have such a diverse range of topics that it's not unexpected that our tag list would run 33 pages?

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I think a hierarchical list on meta would be a great start. Possibly, some tags will fit multiple places within the hierarchy.

It may be necessary/desirable/possible to cull tags (and, in fact, I've culled a few at various times), but I suspect the vast majority of ours are good to have. (Note that the 33 pages mentioned include synonyms, of which we have many, partially because of variant transliterations.)


Update: I've started such a list.

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    Oh, I didn't realize synonyms also showed up in that list. – Monica Cellio Apr 18 '12 at 14:05
  • Is there a way to dump the tag info in a format that's easier to edit? Tag name, synonyms, wiki excerpt into a text file would make it much easier to start a hierarchical listing. (I figure it's easier, as a first pass, to move things around into groups that way, versus just walking the tag list one tag at a time.) – Monica Cellio Apr 19 '12 at 13:58
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    @MonicaCellio see meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/996 – msh210 Apr 19 '12 at 16:18

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