Should 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc. have their own tags? Personally I'm undecided but leaning towards no since things don't always break down cleanly by decade. What do y'all think?


I would say no. They would at best be meta-tags, that is, tags that couldn't stand alone on a question.

We have been running the site for the best part of three years without them. I would suggest we leave it that way.

  • (Three years? Wow. Doesn't time fly?) I'm not sure how good an argument that is, though, as there are always improvements that can be made to a system. You could instead point out that the tags are superfluous given a good tagging system, or something like that. – wizzwizz4 Jul 16 '18 at 18:42
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    Their superfluity was my main point. You're right in that the fact we've done without them doesn't make a good argument on its own. – Chenmunka Jul 17 '18 at 9:42
  • @wizzwizz4 or Chenmunka, perhaps one of you guys could delete the tags as talked about my answer to this question? – cjs Jan 16 at 12:15
  • @CurtJ.Sampson: Mods can't explicitly delete tags. If a tag is removed from all questions then, after a couple of days, it is deleted automatically by the system. – Chenmunka Jan 16 at 12:34
  • Ah, thanks for explaining that! – cjs Jan 16 at 12:50

Should 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc. have their own tags?

No. While many developments can be tied to a period of five or maybe 10 years relevance/usage, this period is almost completely asynchonous with respect to calendar decades.

Hmm. Thinking about a bit longer, there could be a use for a similar system, or even two.

  1. Years. For some questions a specific year could be named - much like Wiki having pages (and categories) by year.

  2. Tags in form of pre-1950, post-1950, pre-1970, post-1970 and so on.

While the first is a rather generic thing, could the second be quite helpful to classify questions about certain areas and technologies.

An alternative could be made with tags like pre-/360, pre-minicomputer or post-microprocessor to separate certain eras instead of development.

Just thinking out loud.


I was falling on the "I don't see how they help side," and I'm now convinced by the other arguments here against such tags.

However, we do currently have tags and , and someone's recently been running around adding these and proposed new decade tags to posts. Can someone delete those current two decade tags so that new users don't get confused and start adding decade tags to new and existing posts?

  • Seconded - as I was just about bringing that up as well. thx. So far I tried to skip or reject upcoming reviews for that. – Raffzahn Jan 7 at 15:05
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    I removed the tags from the posts (I think 10 1990s, 1 1950s, 1 1960s). I am not sure how to actually delete the tags. – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact Jan 16 at 6:36
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    @manassehkatz Yeah, I was avoiding removing the tags so that the edits wouldn't bring them back to the front page; they go away automatically when a mod deletes the tags. I'm not sure if any mods are seeing this; I'll poke one in another answer here. – cjs Jan 16 at 12:15
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    @manassehkatz-ReinstateMonica Thanks for doing so. – Raffzahn Jan 16 at 14:43

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