Tags are meant to collect questions on a single subject, so a tag that applies to several completely different kinds of questions is a bad tag.

The tag is one of the worst offenders. I've seen people apply it to:

I believe the best way to disambiguate is to have differently-named tags to address these different use cases. The tag names should clearly indicate which usage the tag is referring to, since people don't always read the tag wiki excerpt (they're not easy to get to while posting a question on mobile site, for example).

Any suggestions?

(I believe tags are limited to 24 characters on this site.)

2 Answers 2


I'd prefer , , and as an alternative naming convention. The discipline covers the subject, in-research covers the practice, and meta covers meta-statistics that are not related directly to research.

  • I like the first two, but I don't know about 'statistics-meta'... if I were a new user here, I don't think its usage would be obvious to me.
    – ff524
    Jan 9, 2015 at 1:22
  • @ff524 It's hard to get the last one. I know there's a word for it, but I can't remember what it is.
    – Compass
    Jan 9, 2015 at 14:17
  • @ff524 statistics-request?
    – Compass
    Jan 9, 2015 at 15:52
  • 2
    Maybe the existing 'reference-request' makes more sense - the statistics have to come from somewhere, right?
    – ff524
    Jan 11, 2015 at 0:07
  • @ff524 That's fine with me.
    – Compass
    Jan 11, 2015 at 0:59

It sounds like we need something along the lines of for the first case, for the second, and for the last. I'd prefer to keep them all starting with "stat" for convenience in the tag browser.

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