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.


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
    Jul 1 '10 at 19:58
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    i find this category a bit useless as well, you can tag almost every question *-rec
    – akira
    Jul 2 '10 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
    Jul 2 '10 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
    Jul 4 '10 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
    Jul 4 '10 at 16:11
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    Why would you need to specify "webapp" on a webapp site? Jul 5 '10 at 18:17
  • @Joe: You caught me. Really, it was only an example. Perhaps instead of "[webapp]" I should have used "[some-category]". Jul 6 '10 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
    Jul 9 '10 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
    Jul 11 '10 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. Jul 18 '10 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. Aug 1 '10 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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