Funny but I thought I had been using a tag here like on other SE sites I use but it seems not to exist after all.

We do have an tag but I don't think this is great since discussions of what's on-topic invariably also go into what's off topic.

I think the lead tag for this trio should be with two synonyms and both redirecting to it.

For those of you who are programmers you can think of it this way. What makes a better name for a variable: big, small, or size?

  • Eh, what's this about? Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 9:42
  • @AnkurBanerjee: This question is about which tag or tags is the best way to handle topics allowable questions on the site. Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 9:46

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It's done. Sorry for long period of ignoring.


On Meta Stack Overflow, the tag is called allowed-topics.

It was expected that other meta sites would follow the tagging of MSO. Meta sites are even pre-populated with a selection of tags, though doesn't seem to be in them. There's a long-planned feature to copy tag wikis automatically from MSO, which would help.

  • Well I like "scope" better than "allowed topics" personally even though I didn't invent it. In any case we can also merge into whatever standard tag gets thrown at us at some point too. Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 19:07
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    I've just noticed that scope also exists on MSO. I proposed it as a synonym of allowed-topics because allowed-topics gets more use, but I also prefer scope. I'm going to try to raise an MSO mod about this. Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 19:09

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