Brief recap:

  1. Version tags were out of control
  2. Jeff deleted the tag
  3. We now only use tags that are version specific

...then all of the old SharePoint Overflow questions were migrated in and we're back to having over 1500 questions tagged with .

Shouldn't this tag be deleted again so we can start from a clean slate and ensure that is only used when absolutely necessary?

  • Meanwhile don't ask me how we can be sure that almost 1400 questions tagged 2007 are version specific :( I know, I know, "just let it go Alex"!
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:28
  • I am updating the new questions almost exclusively right now. If I notice a high quality older question that needed updating, then we should probably try to update those as well.
    – Kit Menke
    Jun 4, 2011 at 15:54
  • Downvoter: Your contribution to this discussion would be appreciated A downvote on its own doesn't help much.
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 5, 2011 at 23:29
  • +1 from me. Not sure if I have an answer though.
    – Kit Menke
    Jun 6, 2011 at 2:53
  • @KitMenke Dang, I didn't make it clear that I'm asking the SE team! Facepalm
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 6, 2011 at 2:56
  • I've chatted to @RebeccaChernoff about this and she is looking at deleting this tag for posts imported from SP Overflow only.
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 7, 2011 at 1:25
  • (didn't follow the full story) what is the problem with the 2010 tag ? Isn't it the correct way to specify the version in the question ?
    – Steve B
    Jun 7, 2011 at 12:56
  • @SteveB The best summary I can give of why they're bad is Jeff's post. Does it make sense? Do you think we need to make it clearer on the "Ask Question" page?
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 7, 2011 at 21:19
  • @Alex Angas: I get a better picture now. My first reflex when posting is to specify the version I'm working on. I don't always know if the question may also relates to another version. So what is the correct approach ? Maybe not using the version tag, but in the question, specifying the version ?
    – Steve B
    Jun 8, 2011 at 7:15
  • @SteveB Yes, add it to the question text if you're not sure. Avoid using as a tag at all costs. :)
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 15, 2011 at 1:20

1 Answer 1


Er.. what?

Numeric version tags considered ... OK

I thought we decided here that the tag was OK?

  • Indeed we do, provided as you said that it's "applied only to questions that are truly version specific". Our SE 1.0-era questions were not tagged with this guidance. Almost all of them are not specific to 2010 and will also apply to future versions yet to be released (exception: bugs - well hopefully). Right now the returned plethora of 2010 is harming the site as casual users think every question should be tagged with a version, in some cases version tag only.
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 26, 2011 at 23:22
  • @alex was this handled, then? Should I do anything now? Jun 26, 2011 at 23:35
  • No this hasn't been handled. Questions with 2010 that have their most recent revision prior to April 7 2011 (our SE 2.0 migration date) should have this tag deleted.
    – Alex Angas
    Jun 26, 2011 at 23:47
  • @alex this is done; we elected not to touch questions with only the 2010 tag. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:06
  • Cheers. Much appreciated.
    – Alex Angas
    Jul 14, 2011 at 22:48

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