We currently have three Meta tags that relate to topicality:

A question about on-topicness or off-topicness (separately) are still about scope. A general question about topicality could still use all three and even . I've seen them used inconsistently sometimes, although that isn't quite so bad since the tags still fit properly.

Should we have one universal tag called, say, ? If this is done, then the three listed tags could be synonymized or merged into the new one.

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    \$\begingroup\$ A Meta-meta question? Awesome! \$\endgroup\$ May 8, 2014 at 19:42

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I have already proposed synonyms

However, I doubt that anyone has score enough points for to vote for approval. If this answer gets sufficient upvotes, I'll manually approve it instead.

I considered a [topicality] tag, but it wasn't in use on Stack Overflow meta, so I didn't want to start doing something different.

I think this is the simplest solution that could solve the tag overlap problem.


has 24 questions, has 10 questions, and has 29 questions and no tag wiki.

I don't see why we would need more than just one tag for this. They're all about the same thing really, and 9 questions are even tagged with both and !

has 69 questions, 13 with , 10 with , 5 with both, and 2 with .

Now, might be an appropriate term, but I haven't seen it used on any meta site.

MSE has 303 questions under , 430 under , and... a grand total of 0 for .

Here's the MSE tag wiki for (emphasis mine):

is used to define what is pertinent to discussion. Generally, the scope determines what the site is about. Issues arising from might have to do with whether a certain question is on-topic or not, but also can be used to evaluate whether an entire topic should be up for discussion (especially as it pertains to specific Stack Exchange sites).

Using this tag indicates that the question is requesting help with scope (normally as a specific use of a general topic), and answers should generally relate to the scope of the site and whether the topic raised generally relates. It also may be the case where a user has a question, but doesn't know where it belongs.

Looks like it's our definition of "scope" that's too narrow.

Hence, I suggest we burn , redefine and retag [up to] 30 meta-questions (10+29-9) with , which becomes the new king of topicality questions, as it seems to be on the majority of SE sites.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This solution looks good. I've found MSO's tag wiki for [off-topic], which states: This tag is for questions regarding off topic questions, including whether a question is on topic and what to do with off topic questions. I suppose, in most cases here, [scope] won't even be needed. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jamal
    May 7, 2014 at 23:47

English Language & Usage calls their tag [on-topic-off-topic]. I think that name is clear and covers everything related to topicality and scope.


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