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Currently you would tag a question about 2003 Honda Civics by using the and tags. Would it make sense to make more specific tags like and which are both synonyms for (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Civic_%28seventh_generation%29)? Then we could subscribe to questions that affect cars we own or have experience with.

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  • An additional problem with specific tags is they'll eventually be removed after 6 months if the tag is only one one question. – Ben Brocka May 21 '12 at 15:18
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I'm with Bob here, I think more general tags are better. In the case of the example you give, a question about a 7th gen Civics might be something that is easy to answer for someone who owns an Accord, as there are parts in common between different models in a range, so the Honda tag would attract them, wheras a specific tag would not.

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Personally, I'd rather have several inclusive tags rather than a single exclusive tag. Example: the 2002 WRX (in the US) and the 2004 WRX models have many points that are similar (e.g., the engine, turbo, etc.) and other points that are different (e.g., the headlights). I have a 2004 but could probably provide someone with useful advice about their 2002. If nothing else, I'm closer to their ballpark than a non-WRX person.

EDIT much later because I don't think I was clear: a single "wrx" or "civic" tag is potentially more useful than a "2004-wrx-wagon" tag.

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    It makes sense to have multiple inclusive tags... it lowers the possible permutations of tags, and makes them much more manageable on a stackexchange website. – Paul May 23 '12 at 23:55
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Some questions really are specific to a particular model in a particular year or range of years. I don't think there is a consensus yet on how to tag such questions.

General questions should use general tags, sure.

Somebody asking a question about a 2003 Honda Civic quite possibly does not know how much a Civic has in common with different Honda models of a similar vintage, though. Let them ask their question and take their best guess at tagging it, and if it really is a more general question, somebody who knows better can retag the question.

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  • Tag-wise I'm not sure, but the full model/year should always be in the question if the model matters at all. – Ben Brocka May 22 '12 at 14:38

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