A convention has been established on SuperUser.com where questions that ask for software recommendations, are tagged software-rec. I'm wondering if the same convention should be used here with webapp-rec and bookmarklet-rec.

I added the tag to a few questions, I just wanted to make sure people are okay with this.

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They can be, but I'm not crazy about the category.

It's not far off from shopping recommendations such as "what computer should I buy?" which is explicitly disallowed on Super User.

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If they are all tagged consistently you can add them to your ignore list. –  Senseful Jul 1 '10 at 19:58
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i find this category a bit useless as well, you can tag almost every question *-rec –  akira Jul 2 '10 at 5:16
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@akira: it's only used for questions that are looking for a product/service that does something. If it really was for every question, Jeff probably wouldn't want this site in the first place, because it would basically be a glorified shopping recommendation site. Currently they are about 10% of questions. –  Senseful Jul 2 '10 at 16:33

Readability is very poor. "rec" what the heck does that mean? "recreation", "reception". Perhaps a separate tag called "recommendation". Then you could tag like this if you wanted to:

[webapp] [recommendation] 
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I definitely agree. I had no idea what it meant - from context, I was guessing misspelled recquest or something! –  fmark Jul 4 '10 at 12:24
    
I agree that a more intuitive tag name should be used, I just followed the convention that was established on superuser.com to stay consistent. The reason [webapp-recommendation] isn't used is that it is too long. –  Senseful Jul 4 '10 at 16:11
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Why would you need to specify "webapp" on a webapp site? –  Joe Philllips Jul 5 '10 at 18:17
    
@Joe: You caught me. Really, it was only an example. Perhaps instead of "[webapp]" I should have used "[some-category]". –  Dennis Williamson Jul 6 '10 at 12:49
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I support this instead of the ugly webapp-rec which I had no idea what it meant until I came to meta to ask the question. –  mbillard Jul 9 '10 at 19:40
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100% agree. I kept seeing it pop up & had to search meta (& found this question) to find out what [webapp-rec] even meant... Don't see any value in using [*-rec] over a simple [recommendation] tag. –  Alconja Jul 11 '10 at 23:20
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Agreed. I just had @Senseful add this tag to one of my questions and I had no idea what it meant, so I had to come here to find this question to understand it. –  RationalGeek Jul 18 '10 at 11:44
    
Definitely - [webapp-rec] is a crap tag, and is also the most popular tag - I looked at the tags page and was quite confused by the top tag for a bit. –  Hamish Downer Aug 1 '10 at 22:15

I don't think [webapp-rec] is the best way to tag these questions. Is using "rec" in the tag going to result in the best search results for users trying to search and find questions/answers?

Everything on this site should be a webapp, so I don't see the value of having "webapp" in the tag or a separate [webapp] tag. I would favor using '[recommendation]' over '[rec]' for readability purposes.

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