Yesterday I posted the following question Please make [storage] and [image-storage] synonyms of [online-storage]. At this time, it received two comments mentioning that is a meta-tag, so I'm wondering if there any tag in Web Applications that is not about a specific web app or web app feature, besides bookmarklets and browsers features which are directly related to web application like Greasemonkey scripts that is not a meta-tag.

At this time it looks to me that most tags in Web Applications site should use the name of a web application or a prefix to related it to a web application to make it be able to be used alone and make it means the same for different people as it's required by the tags help article but could be exceptions like things that are commonly used by different web apps.

Which are those tags, and why aren't meta-tags in the context of Web Applications SE?

Proposal: Add one answer for each of these tags and explain why it's not a meta-tag.

Related meta-questions

Let's clean up some meta tags

Examples of tags that are specific to web applications

Examples of tags that are specific to a web application feature



Examples of tags that are not specific to web application

Examples of tags that could be ok as suggested by ale on their answer

Examples of tags related to bookmarklets or browsers features that could be directly related to web applications

Examples of tags about things that are commonly used in web applications and could not be meta-tags

Examples of tags for web browsers


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I don't think we can come up with a definitive list. It'd be as hard to come up with a list of tags that aren't meta-tags.

I think there are some non-application-specific tags that are okay, even if they could possibly be considered meta-tags.

While these don't have much context without being attached to a particular web app, I think they'll be attractive to people who are interested in such things, and there are people who are experts on such topics who could answer a lot of our questions.

That's by no means an exhaustive list, of course.

That's why it seems that we would need to discuss each one individually and come to a consensus. Some, like those I've been posting lately, seem obvious to me. But I put them up for discussion because someone may have a different take.

Let's look at why we have tags at all: They're to help categorize questions so that they're easier to find. "Easier" for who? For the people who have knowledge and can answer questions. Tags aren't much use to Askers; they probably got here through a Google search. It's for Answerers that we have the tags.

There are too many questions here for anyone to read every question that comes through, and this is a pretty low-volume site. So we have tags to help Answerers find questions they can answer. For instance, I know a little bit about Facebook (ugh), many of the Google apps, Dropbox, plus a few more. Questions on those topics I can probably answer, so I have a set of favorite tags (or wildcards) so I can find those questions easily.

So, when we look at the utility of a tag, we should really be asking ourselves: "Is this tag something that someone with knowledge would look for?" Who in the world would come to a site about Web applications looking to answer questions about ? A specific type of subscription, perhaps, but then it's far more likely they'll be looking for questions tagged with the app(s) they know about.

  • I agree that could not be possible to have in a Q&A thread a definitive list of tags but we could discuss about some of them and perhaps discover interesting things about them and about us :) Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 19:20

Hacking tags

I'm using "hacking" here to refer to the activity of exploring the limits of web applications and to find, not too easy to figure out how-tos that result in a "hack" or "clever solution"

Below is a list of tags that could be "hacking tools" grouped into four categories, including the number of questions tagged for each one.

Is there one or several missing tags missing?

Basic tools

Intermediate tools

Advanced tools

Browser extensions





I strike through as it's web application, not just a tool.


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