To ATM machine in Las Condes, Santiago Chile a user has added the tag (as well as and , which in my opinion are appropriate, but not removed , which in my opinion is not) while also editing some inappropriate capitalisation.

Given that Santiago de Chile is quite a specific location, with Usage guide:

The capital and largest city of Chile.

Do you think it appropriate to tag the Q as it stands with ?

Possibly related:

Do we need to use the 'Europe' tag even when discussing just one European country?

Convention for Location Tags

Specific guidance for tagging

Should Questions tagged 'short-connections' routinely be tagged with 'transit' also?



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As I've said in chat, I believe questions can use up to five tags, and there is nothing wrong with using all five if there are five tags that are appropriate for the subject.

This policy is used on StackOverflow as well. A question might be tagged both "javascript" and "jquery" or "android" and "android-studio" even though the latter implies the former.

In this case, both and would be fine, and adding them during the initial cleanup of a new question is appropriate. If the question was years old and not in any particular need of editing, I would not retag it.

Attempting to distill everything down to single hyper-specific tags is unhelpful, as this practice is not intuitive to askers and new users, does not help the "related" feature to show the most relevant related questions, fails to surface questions to topic experts who may follow particular tags, and makes tag badges and the golden hammer that comes with it impossible to obtain or use.

That last bit about the golden hammer is important. Users have gone to considerable trouble to earn, say, the gold badge and can use their power to rapidly clean up (or reopen) duplicate questions. This lets, for example, Gayot quickly address many UK visa questions, many of which can be addressed by duping them to our canonical answers. If you insist on removing tag from such questions in favor of only using or other more specific tags, this site feature becomes useless.

tl;dr: Use country tags when a question reasonably relates to one or more specific countries. Then add more specific tags as needed. Do not use country tags when a question is suitably generic that the country is irrelevant.

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