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I noticed a pattern in tags from CSTheory, which consists of adding an abbreviation before the name of an area. For example, if the tag is probability, they write down pr-probability, and so on for ds.data-structures, db.databases, ds.algorithms, dc.distributed-comp. Should we do the same? Anyone knows of pros/cons of doing so?

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No - tags should not be a puzzle, they should categorize a puzzle.

Tags inevitably become something that need to change over time, but, .....

.... I was going to say something derogatory about that tag taxonomy you describe on CSTheory, but, as I looked in to CSTheory to see how it works, I realized I don't understand how it works.... and, I think that is the bottom line:

  • how would it work? What problem does it solve?
  • if it is not easy to understand the tags on CSTheory, how can it possibly be a good thing?

So, no. K.I.S.S ..... ;-)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well, the questions you pointed are the pros/cons I'd also like to know. I don't know why/what for they do that, but since they do, I thought there might would be some reason. $\endgroup$ – Rubens May 15 '14 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubens - Tags should be the most simple mechanism for site organization. If you need to do research to understand how the tags work, then they are broken..... that's what i am trying to communicate in my answer. $\endgroup$ – rolfl May 15 '14 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ Why would you say anything derogatory about this tag taxonomy? On Theoretical Computer Science (and MathOverflow, which did it before), it is not a puzzle: it is familiar to the core audience of the site (researchers in CS). These tag names are categories used on ArXiv. It makes perfect sense there. On Computer Science, we considered and rejected it because a majority of the audience are not researchers and are not familiar with this classification. I think Data Science is more like Computer Science than Theoretical Computer Science — but it isn't a stupid suggestion. $\endgroup$ – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' May 19 '14 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Gilles - I think your explanation of what the tags are and how they work.... reinforces the fact that they are not suitable for puzzling, and that the reference-perspective you need to use the tags effectively is acquired, not intuitive. How could that be a good thing? Especially on puzzling? $\endgroup$ – rolfl May 19 '14 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ @rolfl Oh, uh, I think I understand what you're saying. Please note that we're on Data Science Meta, not on Puzzling Meta. $\endgroup$ – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' May 19 '14 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Gilles - well, this is ... embarrassing, but still applies. There's no good way for me to dig myself out of this hole, so, I'll just wait for time to fill it in.... $\endgroup$ – rolfl May 19 '14 at 13:18

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