Proposal: create two required tag categories: space and time. Every question must have a tag specifying the location and time period.

  • If a question lacks a time tag, it is automatically tagged .
  • If a question lacks a space tag, it is automatically tagged .

Both and are discouraged (although there are legitimate questions for which these tags may be appropriate - e.g., questions about ).


Pro: for many questions the first comment (sometimes accompanied by a downvote and/or close vote) asks for a specific time period or region. Mandating these tags may force authors to at least consider restricting the scope.

Contra: this increases a barrier to entry for new users.

  • If you'd like the SE network programmers to change our software to automatically enforce something new and unique, you should probably ask on meta.se. – T.E.D. May 10 '17 at 20:56
  • @T.E.D.: meta already has required tags - I think extending that should not be hard. – sds May 10 '17 at 21:37
  • I like the idea of a general rule for time and space. I disagree with having "whole-history" and "universe" tags. "whole-history" should be assumed when there is no time tag. "universe" should be used, if at all, for questions about the history of thought about/study of the universe, not for the universe as a subject of history, since we can only do history of the Earth (and possibly the Moon, though there's not much that doesn't have to do with Earth). – called2voyage May 12 '17 at 13:57
  • I don't want to be the one to determine the time period tags. Every region in the world will need its own set of time tags. Or are you thinking to do it by century? But then question about the Tang Dynasty will include 4 different century tags? – axsvl77 May 16 '17 at 18:15
  • @axsvl77: "tang dynasty" is a time (and a space!) tag. – sds May 16 '17 at 18:20
  • @sds So really what we require then is at least a setting tag, not necessarily separate time and space tags. That makes the rule a little too nuanced to enforce technically, don't you think? Why wouldn't we just make it a community rule and enforce the way we do any other rules on content (edits, votes, and comments)? – called2voyage May 17 '17 at 17:25

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