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So there's this question about tagging model-specific questions when the site was still in its infancy:

Tagging for Make/Model/Year specific questions?

Back then the community made a decision to keep and separate, but I don't see why we should not be combining the two into one tag: .

Here's a proposal:

The benefits:

Thoughts?

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  • You say: "Reserve make tags like ford, honda for questions that aren't make-specific" ... did you mean which aren't model-specific ? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 13 '17 at 21:17
  • Also, to what end? You state your proposal, but you don't really give us an argument why we should change what we've been doing since the beginning ... convince me why we should do this. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 13 '17 at 21:19
  • If we were to go forward with this, should we then go back and retag everything? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 14 '17 at 11:37
  • Yes, that would be required in my opinion – Zaid Apr 15 '17 at 2:16
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    How many model names are used by multiple manufacturers? Leaf is only Nissan, 3 series is BMW, a 240 is Volvo, mondeo is Ford. Don't the marketing depts make sure model names are unique? So while it frees up a tag, having to go back and re-tag or de-tag previous posts is an onerous chore for not much benefit as it is possible to just use "ford" for a generic question and "Mondeo" for a particular one from this point on. – Solar Mike Apr 15 '17 at 8:12
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I do agree with both the above answers, but I do also see some very rare cases where a dual-tag would be useful.

That said, above what’s already been stated, there are a couple issues I see:

  1. Even model-specific issues are also generation specific in most cases.
  2. That would create a HUGE number of extra tags, and I think many people may end up mistagging something. They may tag something (for example) as “Chevy-corvette” when really it’s common to all LS platforms.

So I’d personally lean away from that. That’s my opinion.

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I don't agree with this personally, for the simple reason that often similar things are done across a range - so for example a question about a VW Polo might be equally applicable to a Golf - and seaching for would find it in either case, wheras wouldn't help the Golf owner.

(of course this still doesn't help the owner of the Seat Leon with the same problem, but we can't have everything!)

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As @NickC wrote, there are going to be discrepancies (ie: ) which will have tags spelled out like this. Other than that, I don't agree with us trying to retag everything with dual tags as you've listed. It doesn't make sense to go through and retag everything, especially when the precedence has been to keep them separate.

There are very few times I've seen where we could use more tags than the five tag allotment we're given. Most times we can easily get rid of something which really doesn't work very well for the question or which there might be a better tag to put in its place. If this was more of an issue, I could see moving in the direction your stating, but as it is, we aren't there. I think we are confusing users of the site as well as creating more work than is needed. It seems very arbitrary, and therefore not needed IMHO.

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