We have a tag:

I see no value in this tag. Here's from the wiki:

Use this tag for:

  • Challenges involving generating words
  • Challenges involving using words
  • Challenges involving manipulating words

Or other cases where words are a large part of the challenge.

Do not use this tag for:

  • Challenges based on printing a predefined string, e.g. "Hello, World!" challenges.
  • Challenges where the input or output are words, but it doesn't add much to the challenge.

I think this tag is extremely broad, and not helpful at all. Can you be an expert in words? Sure, you can, but not in the context of a programming Q&A site challenge site.

This is pretty much a subtag of , seeing as how challenges involving words are usually challenges about strings that just so happen to also be words.

However, specific tagging is never a bad thing, and most of the challenges have one thing in common. They're about language processing. For example:

The tag is for

Problems involving processing of natural languages in a human way. Task such as interpreting free text, correcting spell or grammar, understanding pronunciation etc.

Most of these word challenges are also about processing natural languages in a human way. The few that aren't are just adding extra noise.

TL;DR Let's merge into .


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I agree, should become . We could either retag the current 26 challenges bearing that tag (not all at once) or make a synonym of . I propose we do the latter.

Note: To vote on the proposed synonym, go here.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I didn't think I had enough points to suggest a synonym, but apparently I have 8 points in [natural-language]. Who knew? :P Anyway, I have already suggested this synonym, now we just need more people to vote. \$\endgroup\$
    – DJMcMayhem
    May 6, 2016 at 1:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DrGreenEggsandHamDJ Looks like only people with sufficient rep in the tag can vote on the synonym proposal. +1 from me. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 6, 2016 at 1:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ If too few people have the requisite reputation to vote but there's a lot of support for this synonym, I can just automodically do it, but Ham DJ won't get a badge. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 6, 2016 at 4:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ No! Mah badge! Haha, I didn't even realize there was a badge for that. How about we wait a little while (A couple days? A week? idk) and see if the votes come about naturally or if any alternate opinions pop up. \$\endgroup\$
    – DJMcMayhem
    May 6, 2016 at 7:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is there a way to check how many people have the requisite 5 net score needed to vote on the synonym? Given that there are no bronze badges for natural-languages awarded yet, I'd suspect the number might be low enough to warrant a mod action (since the synonym proposal has strong support, going off of this answer's votes). \$\endgroup\$
    – user45941
    May 6, 2016 at 8:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DrGreenEggsandHamDJ Yeah, I'd say let's give it time. If it hasn't amassed the requisite votes in a week or so then I can go ahead and do it if that's alright. It's still at one vote (mine). :/ \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 6, 2016 at 19:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mego I don't know of an easy way to find that out. I think there are enough people, it's just a matter of getting them to notice. For example, you can view the top users in the tag here. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 6, 2016 at 19:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are 20 people with the requisite 5 net score. In order to get +4, 20% of the people with the requisite score will need to vote it up. Considering that only 17% of eligible voters voted in the moderator election, I'm not confident that we'll get enough votes on the synonym. \$\endgroup\$
    – user45941
    May 6, 2016 at 19:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mego Nice static analysis! Er, I mean statistic analysis. Either way, it's at +3 now. :P \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    May 11, 2016 at 21:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Official update: The synonym proposal has gotten enough votes. And also: codegolf.stackexchange.com/help/badges/68/… \$\endgroup\$
    – DJMcMayhem
    May 17, 2016 at 1:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DrGreenEggsandHamDJ Nice! Congrats on the badge and thanks for taking the initiative on this. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 17, 2016 at 1:31

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