What can be done about tagging for low-rep users?

I had a question about xero, and wasn't able to tag it appropriately, or use a "retag-this-please" style tag (anime stack exchange has one IIRC).

  • Related: meta.webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/3803/…
    – Rubén Mod
    Jan 15, 2016 at 13:12
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    The xero tag was created 2 hours ago.
    – Rubén Mod
    Jan 15, 2016 at 13:22
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    Without a tag wiki and at least one more question, the tag runs the risk of being deleted in a few months by the tag cleanup script.
    – ale
    Jan 15, 2016 at 17:39

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We don't want people who aren't well-versed with how Stack Exchange works making tags willy-nilly.

The general guidance is to use the closest tag you can and include text in your question asking for the tag to be created. A user with sufficient privileges can take care of that and remove the text at the same time.

Of course, one hopes that the lack of an existing tag would give would-be tag creators pause before creating questions that are off-topic. In this case it's more an indication that there aren't people asking or answering questions about that app, which is it's own sort of warning.

  • There aren't people asking or answering questions about that app because no one can create the tag!
    – forestj
    Feb 23, 2021 at 22:05
  • It's effect, not cause! This is a problem for users! +1 for the "retag-this-please" tag, also, the post question screen needs to contain BOLD, RED, or otherwise noticeable text that explains how to use the "retag-this-please" tag in case the app you are looking for is not added yet
    – forestj
    Feb 23, 2021 at 22:12

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