So I've embarked on something of a tag wiki editing project, and as I'm working through my list, I've hit reference-request. This appears to be used in two different cases, rather than just one:

  1. Requests for citations, references or documents to support a question
  2. Questions about asking a recommender for a letter of reference

These are clearly two very different types of questions. Thoughts on the best way to split the tag to make it more clear?

  • BTW: Good luck with tag wikis! :) May 7, 2014 at 15:40
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  • Isn't there a less disruptive way for mods to do these retagging projects, so that old questions don't drive down new ones on the front page?
    – ff524
    May 7, 2014 at 20:53
  • @ff524 No idea, but its done now.
    – Fomite
    May 7, 2014 at 21:05
  • @ff524 Mods can re-tag all question with a particular tag as something else without flooding the front page, but cannot (or at least I do not know how) mass re-tag a subset of a tag. Most sites try and do selective retagging slowly so as not to flood the front page.
    – StrongBad
    May 8, 2014 at 11:08

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On Stack Exchange sites has the first meaning. I think that it should have the same meaning on Academia.SE.


So for reference letters, why not ?

  • Seems reasonable to me. Once I'm back in a place with decent internet, I'll retag and label.
    – Fomite
    May 7, 2014 at 15:45
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    Or alternatively: recommendation-letters? May 7, 2014 at 15:47

As I have said before I agree that and have split personalities and needs to be cleaned up. When I looked in the past the questions pretty cleanly fell into and .

Despite the meaning of on other SE sites, I think we should either blacklist and (which is pretty extreme or make them synonyms of either and since it is ambiguous here. Being a synonym of would be more consistent with other SE sites, but I am not sure that is how we use it now. Maybe doing a count of the question before re tagging them would be useful to get a feel for how the tag is being used.

  • I think I'd be up for blacklisting - having retagged everything to date, it's a pretty heavy split, with most of the posts being more suitable for recommendation-letter. I added a definition as well, but as far as anyone reads it...
    – Fomite
    May 8, 2014 at 12:51

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