A convention has been established on SuperUser.com where questions that ask for software recommendations, are tagged software-rec. I'm wondering if the same convention should be used here with webapp-rec and bookmarklet-rec.

I added the tag to a few questions, I just wanted to make sure people are okay with this.

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They can be, but I'm not crazy about the category.

It's not far off from shopping recommendations such as "what computer should I buy?" which is explicitly disallowed on Super User.

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    If they are all tagged consistently you can add them to your ignore list.
    – Senseful
    Commented Jul 1, 2010 at 19:58
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    i find this category a bit useless as well, you can tag almost every question *-rec
    – akira
    Commented Jul 2, 2010 at 5:16
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    @akira: it's only used for questions that are looking for a product/service that does something. If it really was for every question, Jeff probably wouldn't want this site in the first place, because it would basically be a glorified shopping recommendation site. Currently they are about 10% of questions.
    – Senseful
    Commented Jul 2, 2010 at 16:33

Readability is very poor. "rec" what the heck does that mean? "recreation", "reception". Perhaps a separate tag called "recommendation". Then you could tag like this if you wanted to:

[webapp] [recommendation] 
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    I definitely agree. I had no idea what it meant - from context, I was guessing misspelled recquest or something!
    – fmark
    Commented Jul 4, 2010 at 12:24
  • I agree that a more intuitive tag name should be used, I just followed the convention that was established on superuser.com to stay consistent. The reason [webapp-recommendation] isn't used is that it is too long.
    – Senseful
    Commented Jul 4, 2010 at 16:11
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    Why would you need to specify "webapp" on a webapp site? Commented Jul 5, 2010 at 18:17
  • @Joe: You caught me. Really, it was only an example. Perhaps instead of "[webapp]" I should have used "[some-category]". Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 12:49
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    I support this instead of the ugly webapp-rec which I had no idea what it meant until I came to meta to ask the question.
    – mbillard
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 19:40
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    100% agree. I kept seeing it pop up & had to search meta (& found this question) to find out what [webapp-rec] even meant... Don't see any value in using [*-rec] over a simple [recommendation] tag.
    – Alconja
    Commented Jul 11, 2010 at 23:20
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    Agreed. I just had @Senseful add this tag to one of my questions and I had no idea what it meant, so I had to come here to find this question to understand it. Commented Jul 18, 2010 at 11:44
  • Definitely - [webapp-rec] is a crap tag, and is also the most popular tag - I looked at the tags page and was quite confused by the top tag for a bit. Commented Aug 1, 2010 at 22:15

I don't think [webapp-rec] is the best way to tag these questions. Is using "rec" in the tag going to result in the best search results for users trying to search and find questions/answers?

Everything on this site should be a webapp, so I don't see the value of having "webapp" in the tag or a separate [webapp] tag. I would favor using '[recommendation]' over '[rec]' for readability purposes.



This site no longer accepts questions asking for recommendations. Therefore, we shouldn't have tags promoting such. Ideally we'd get rid of , but there are too many questions and it would destroy too much good information. The guidance for that tag already says that such questions are off-topic.

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