I've been wondering about tag overlap lately. For example:

  • Every soql post is about query, but not the other way around
  • Every formula-field post is about formula, but not the other way around
  • Every before-trigger question is about trigger and apex.

Should we retag new questions when we see a gap there? Surely tag synonyms are inappropriate here, but I'm wondering if it really makes sense to add the query tag to soql posts, and so on.

I'm not sure how much tagging matters to others here, but I know I find it makes the search process easier.

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    I have been trying to make tagging more accurate when editing as I do like it for searching, though more of that is getting rid of incorrectly applied tags of which 'salesforce-community' seems to be the most common.
    – Dave Humm
    Aug 31, 2016 at 11:02
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    Heh, might even see a larger variety of tag badges awarded if the correct ones were applied to posts too, not to mention the effect it would have on making more specific searches fruitful! :)
    – crmprogdev
    Sep 1, 2016 at 13:12
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    My favorite tage to remove lately that was added by others who were not the OP is "error". Seems to be a pattern lately of tags being added to questions that add no value is classifying the question. Lots of tags that are way to general in general
    – Eric
    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:35
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    @Eric I have noticed one user in particular making a massive amount of such edits. I've started rejecting more of them.
    – Adrian Larson Mod
    Sep 9, 2016 at 11:03
  • @Eric I have been rejecting that users edits with the error tag on them or removing error when the other changes are acceptable.
    – Dave Humm
    Sep 13, 2016 at 9:54

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It's going to depend a lot on the context I think. You state correctly that every soql post is about a query but not the other way around, but there are definitely cases where one would be appropriate over the other, for instance if you didn't know whether to use SOSL or SOQL you might want to use query.

IMO Formula could apply to Visualforce function formulae as much as formula fields, and trigger and apex definitely deserve to be separate, and before-trigger carries some context that neither of the others do on their own.

The first two cases I presented are definitely close to being edge cases, and I think query and formula could be made redundant and replaced with the more specific varieties: a question about what is best between SOQL and SOSL could simply use both and probably reach a wider audience than query ever would.

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