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This question from 2012 asked about adding specific version tags to , such as .

The accepted answer uses an example from StackOverflow, where it was brought up that the "Java" tag is much more popular than the "Java-ee-6" tag.

I personally see this reasoning as way too specific to StackOverflow. Differences in versions of programming languages are generally related to available features. Code written for C# 5 will most likely work perfectly fine in a C# 7 compiler.

Games such as Warhammer 40k are vastly different. The entire game system is overhauled from edition to edition, and answers will be completely incompatible, depending on the version in question. For instance, this question would have completely different answers, depending if it is played in eighth edition or seventh edition.

One example of this being used is RPG.se, where specific tags are created for specific versions of games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, because a question asked by a player intending to play 5th Edition may have a radically different answer than someone playing 3.5E.

As such, I am asking if the view on game version tags has changed over the past few years? Does the community consider version-specific tags to be valuable or add clutter?


Edit: In regards to confusion when using multiple tags. I suggest the following info for :

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. Warhammer 40,000 is a detailed futuristic table-top battle simulation. Use this tag for questions about the tabletop game. Consider including version-specific tags, such as , if your question is about a specific version of the game.

And likewise for :

The eighth edition of . Use this tag when asking questions specific to the eighth edition of the game. If your question is generic enough to be applicable to multiple editions, do not include this tag.

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I would strongly disagree with your assumption that the entire game system is overhauled from edition to edition and there are things that remain the same across all editions of a game.

The main issue and argument against those tags is they are not always needed and can be confusing as when to use and may cause users to use an incorrect edition version or use multiple version tags when it is not needed.

As for your example question I am not knowledgeable to know if there is a difference due to different editions but the user who asked the question provided no information about which one they are asking about so for all we know it might not even been 7th or 8th editions.

If you have a question that applies to a specific version it can be added if needed but as was said in the past it should be avoided if not needed.

Think of it this way if you are looking for warhammer-40k information it becomes a lot harder to find the more edition tags that are added.

  • I personally assume that when someone provides no information regarding edition, the most recent edition is meant. The problem is that this information shifts with time, so if someone has the same problem, but three years later and a new edition later, the answer is effectively obsolete. – MechMK1 Jun 6 at 8:41
  • @MechMK1 That is a bad assumption to make as they may not even realize that there are editions after the version they have. I personally have been surprised some of my games are not the latest version as I expected. Sure you can and probably should answer based on the latest but that may not be the version they need. – Joe W Jun 6 at 12:32
  • Yes, in which case it would make sense to write the version in question either in the question, or as a tag. Writing it as tag has the advantage that it makes it more easily searchable. I personally don't agree on the fact that adding tags makes it harder to find. A question tagged as [warhammer-40k] and [warhammer-40k-7e] is perfectly reasonable. A question tagged just as [warhammer-40k] seems a general question about the game, not specific to one system. – MechMK1 Jun 6 at 12:35
  • @MechMK1 Writing the version used in the answer would work. However adding the version to the question if the OP did not indicate it somewhere could prevent others from answering with a different version that turns out to be what they want. A good solution is to ask the OP what version it is especially when it makes a difference. – Joe W Jun 6 at 13:00
  • Yes, I agree with you. But in my opinion, tags serve the purpose of making questions more searchable. Information added in the question body is not as neatly structured as in the tags. As far as I understand your point, you believe that it adds more clutter and confusion from people using the wrong tags. My experience from other sites is that that is not the case. – MechMK1 Jun 6 at 13:02

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