This is a suggestion to create one tag (or more if need be) for questions that are about very specific problems or techniques. It would allow to distinguish them from questions that cover more generic blender topics, ones that would benefit broader situations and user base.

For example:

Though one could learn many things from good answers, it would pretty much only help these guys specific problems.

On the contrary, Hair coming through the mesh? is a fairly generic issue, answer to which can benefit many people about how particles and meshes behave in Blender.

I couldn't find any existing tag that would allow that. Maybe selfishly, I'd sometimes rather browse and try to answer broader questions that benefit more people instead of problem specific ones.

Here are a few tag name ideas:

  • [problem-specific]
  • [how-to-do-this]
  • [dis-n-dat]

Here are additional example questions that would qualify for this tag:

Some more example of questions that would NOT qualify for this new tag:

What do you think? Any tag name suggestions?

  • $\begingroup$ Oh and I forgot one requirement: avoid adding too much headache for moderators $\endgroup$
    – Bruno
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ Technically many of those questions would possibly not even be on topic to the site. The goal of the network is more to create a high quality database that can help anyone, rather than a one-on-one personal assistance to individuals $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ That's pretty much my point... But I agree with Ray's comment that it also brings some good ideas to the table sometimes. Thus the dilemma and the idea of using tags to filter them in or out. $\endgroup$
    – Bruno
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 22:26

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I don't think this is a good idea.

Firstly, these are considered 'meta-tags' because they do not describe the actual content of the question. From the tagging section of the Help Center:

Avoid meta-tags

Do not use meta-tags in questions. Here are some tips to help you determine whether a tag is a meta-tag:

  • If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question. Meta-tags, like [beginner], [subjective], and [best-practices], are not helpful by themselves – they do not communicate anything about the content of the question.
  • If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. For example, the meaning of the tag [subjective] is, itself, subjective; the same is true for tags like [best-practices] and [beginner]. Best practices to whom? Beginner by what criteria? Use only tags that have a broadly accepted, objective definition.

The important sentence from above is:

If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag.

This is true of the specific tags you have suggested and the general idea behind them. doesn't tell us a single thing about what the question is about.

Secondly, as someone who does a lot of re-tagging and has recently been involved in discussions about the prevention of misusing tags I can pretty safely say that, at least from the tags you have suggested, people would use these generic types of tags on nearly every question asked, regardless of relevance.

This would require a lot of work to re-tag questions correctly, which we already do a lot of. Aside from that, I think it could be subjective as to what is a specific problem and what counts as a more general problem.

I appreciate those tags were just suggestions, but I don't think you could come up with something that wouldn't be misused, simply because their intention is to be quite general.

To summarise:

  • These are against the Help Center recommendations.
  • In my opinion these tags are subjective.
  • They would probably be heavily misused.
  • $\begingroup$ All valid points. Thanks for all the pointers btw. Those are definitely metatags so I see your point against that... Now with regard to the two other points of your summary: what if these tags could only be added by moderators? That would reduce subjectivity and misuse. It opens up the idea that some questions are closed/flag for being too broad or for subjective, so why not then flag/close questions that are too specific? $\endgroup$
    – Bruno
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ If tags could only be added by moderators then that would simply increase the work for moderators. More importantly, that isn't possible. It also wouldn't reduce subjectivity, it would just change who is in charge of the subjectivity. We do flag and close for being too specific it's just that there some incredibly creative answers have come out of asking specific question so we tend to err on the side of caution. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I do think there are a lot of questions that are too specific and should be closed. We could come down a bit heavier on specific questions - often they have other issues as well and are closed anyway - but unfortunately we get a lot of questions that I view as too specific and we would end up closing an awful lot. A lot of modelling questions are very specific for example. Maybe that should happen maybe not. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ ... that is the question... :) thanks Ray! $\endgroup$
    – Bruno
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 17:01

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