The two tags and which both represent the two flagship Mindstorms products have all been tagged with the tag. Perhaps we should use the Mindstorms tag to refer to general Mindstorms questions instead?

We had a similar issue on Bicycles.SE (albeit the regional tag was a meta tag).

I think it's important we establish this tags usage at an early stage.

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If the question is specific to nxt only, tag it . If it's more general, but your use-case is the NXT, then tag it with both. It's more general, tag it with only.

For example, my question from yesterday, How much depth does the NXT battery pack add? I tagged , but NOT . The was added by someone else, and I would argue isn't needed for that question, as it is very specifically about the NXT and not applicable to any other mindstorms series.

Then How to get started with Mindstorms? is and not , which, due it its more general nature seems right to me.

With Can I use RCX sensors and motors with the NXT brick?, I think it make sense to have ++ as you're crossing mindstorms lines and beginning to get a broader scope.

  • To add further weight: since this was discussed, the SE engine now pre-pends the most popular tag to the question's title <meta> tag all these posts will appear as "mindstorms - ..." in tabs and some searches, instead of the more relevant "nxt" or "ev3". Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 21:10

I'm not sure about this, one one hand I would tend to think and questions are clearly about Mindstorms and as such don't require an additional tag, as you suggest.

Apparently, we discussed some of this before (well, it was more about merging tags, but it's the same tags we talked about) and from there we recommended to use either or in the wiki description of - although we didn't say to use it instead.

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    I don't think they're quite the same questions. I would strongly disagree merging the two tags, as you rightly said they are very different.
    – Ambo100 Mod
    Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 20:03
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    I look at it in a similar way to SO's having a .NET tag as well as C# and VB - indeed looking at stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/.net you see questions tagged .NET and C# even though .NET is pretty much implied by the C# tag. Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 20:57
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    I admit that my argument doesn't make it right. Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 22:45
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    Right maybe not, but it's interesting anyway, I was wondering if SO had such examples but wasn't sure what to too for - I know there are so many variants of excel for example but you example is more similar to ours
    – Joubarc
    Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 7:36

On SO we have and tags, and most of the questions are tagged by both, because at least C#-questions are the subset of .NET-questions.

So I would expect all the questions to be tagged with , but not vice versa.

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    But not all c# questions are tagged with .Net. Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 9:01
  • @Zhaph: ~85% from my pov Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 20:16
  • Hmm, a quick look at the tag pages shows me: Questions tagged "C#": ~245,761; Questions tagged ".NET": ~100,484; Questions tagged both "C#" and ".NET": ~50,979 (and only 4,772 tagged "VB.NET" and ".NET"). So it's closer to 50% of .NET questions are tagged with C#, and less than a quarter of the C# questions are tagged .NET. Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 21:35
  • @Zhaph: Statistics beat me :) But actually I think that in previous years it was not in common use to tag by both as it is now day. For example, I have 1k in c# and 850 in .net. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 9:25

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