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I was writing a question for which none of the currently created tags would be representative and I had no reputation enough to create a new tag. What would be the correct way to proceed in such a situation?

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There are three ways to get a tag added to the site:

  1. The easiest way is to suggest an edit, i.e. click the edit or improve this question button (so named on some sites) below the question. It would be peer reviewed and approved if it's good. A positive side effect is, that you would get +2 reputation for an accepted edit suggestion, which brings you nearer to the right to create tags and edit questions and answers.

  2. The other acceptable way would be to flag the post for moderator attention. This works for any suggestion or problem with a question or an answer, so also for tagging suggestions. Don't hesitate with flagging, better point to something than leaving it unsolved. Moderators are there for it. If you would be unsure if a tag would be a good choice or not, or regarding a similar general question, the meta site is a good place for discussing it together.

  3. Another possible way would be to comment to your own question, mentioning this, so somebody could add the tag for you. But this would require to remove the comment afterwards. Using the suggested edit feature is a better mechanism. I mentioned that way because we don't have our own moderators yet, but I'm sure the SE moderators would jump in. So better let's go back to point 2.

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  • Just to clarify, all of these involving saving it with no tags, or if that's not allowed, some placeholder tag and then asking for assistance? – Dave Noonan May 21 '13 at 19:42
  • @DaveNoonan Yes, choose the tag which is the best match. I know that mods will gladly take care of fixing it once they were notified. The small reputation score barrier gives moderators and community a chance to assist and support very new users. – Stefan May 21 '13 at 19:56
  • @Stefan: Option 1 doesn't work. You can't suggest new tags (tags which don't exist within the system) via Suggested Edits. – Matt May 23 '13 at 10:32
  • @Matt Interesting! Should be a feature, I think, because it would be checked for approval. – Stefan May 23 '13 at 10:49
  • @Stefan: Was thinking the same thing myself; a feature-request on Meta Stack Overflow would be the next step. If you beat me to posting one, you'll have my up vote ;). – Matt May 23 '13 at 10:50
  • @Matt your finding, go ahead :-) – Stefan May 23 '13 at 11:06

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