Asking questions on the newer stackexchange sites, such as this one, has been rather frustrating for me because the tags I would like to use are simply not there yet. For now, I have just forgone using those tags.

I propose that permissions to create tags be granted to more people. Perhaps using total rep across all sites (as seen in http://area51.stackexchange.com ) as an alternative means of obtaining those permissions.

This suggestion of course has far broader implications than just tags, so comments and alternative ideas are welcome!


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    if you really think you need a new tag you could leave a comment on your question, its likely one of the moderators will see it and add the tag to your question if its a valid request
    – Hemi
    Mar 24, 2011 at 9:32
  • @Jaips : Thanks for that, will definitely do
    – bguiz
    Mar 25, 2011 at 4:04

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The requirements are relaxed for public beta (what this is) and private beta (the very first week).

Details at

Reputation requirements compared


Action                                          Priv ß Public ß  Golden       SO
Create new tags                                      1      150     200     1500

Considering you get 101 rep for existing and having +200 in the network anywhere, we don't feel 150 rep is a major limitation.

Also bear in mind that creating new tags can be kind of harmful when done incorrectly.

  • Thanks for the link - It appears that global rep has been used only to determine chat privileges. I suggest that global rep be used for other permissions as well: e.g. in Public ß, you need 150 rep OR 2k global rep to create a tag. IMHO those with high global rep are unlikely to create harmful tags.
    – bguiz
    Mar 20, 2011 at 23:07
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    @bgu there is no concept of "global rep" that I know of. You get a +100 for having +200 somewhere in the network on a new site you join; that's it. Mar 21, 2011 at 4:04
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    "we don't feel 105 rep is a major limitation" - should that read 150?
    – e100
    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:37

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