Since this forum is buzzing and it’s growing bigger and bigger by the minute it’s becoming more and more impossible to know if, where and when a particular topic was addressed already and so it seems to happen more and more that duplicates pop up which could lead to two things
- people who have answered one question several times on multiple threads might stop doing so and
- people who look for answers might get frustrated either by the ammount of posts in multiple threads to plough through but don’t really bring them any further or they might not get answers anymore because of 1.
So I’d like to suggest some kind of tagging/tag-search system that makes it easier to find answers and helps prevent unintentional multiple threads for one topic.
I think “stackoverflow” has got a system that works well, where you see a list of possible tags to choose from and only mods or senior users are allowed to create new ones, to prevent inflatitionary growth of the tag list, which would counteract the purpose to keep searching and actually finding answers easier.
The search on this forum does work, but there are so many different ways of wording things (let alone misspelling ;-)) that it is inevitable that you might miss just the one thread that would address your issue.
A question about serial communication could contain words like Serial, UART, USART, COM, RX, TX, RS232, RS485, …
If there was a tag like “SERIAL” and a “searchable” synonym list that would summarize all the above into “SERIAL”, anybody having a question to one of the above, will find all the threads tagged with “SERIAL” and if the tags are only selectable from a list rather than having to type them in, you are also save from msispellings
(all typos above are absolutely intentional to bring out my point ;-)).
Please vote with +1 if you’d like to support this proposal.