We all seem to agree that the [wordpress-*] tag to indicate a version number is a bad thing. Version tags should be used very sparingly, but as long as we don't have good guidelines on when to use them and when not, it is hard to do a cleanup. Because the [wordpress-] prefix makes them very visible, they keep popping up for new questions.

I propose the moderators or site owners do a mass-renaming of all [wordpress-*] to their [version-*] equivalents, so they are moved to the side. If possible, the [wordpress-(number)] pattern should be made illegal (maybe hard to do, because there are other [wordpress-*] tags that are still useful).

I expect this will greatly reduce the number of new questions with version tags. It would then be more manageable to set up a feed for the [version-*] tag and retag any new question that uses it. The existing pile of questions with a version tag would then still exist, but it would not encourage new users to use the tag too.

  • Isn't there a way to do it automatically? Feb 22, 2011 at 17:00
  • @Arlen: Do what automatically? Renaming the current tags? This is a simple operation for the site admins, but they only do it if there is a clear request from the community, hence this question. Re-tag incorrect new questions? You need a human to decide whether the tag should be used, and what other tags to add.
    – Jan Fabry
    Feb 22, 2011 at 17:32
  • Yeah, renaming current tags. Feb 23, 2011 at 0:55
  • I would support this. Also: major version numbers only. No minor releases ("WordPress X.Y.Z") or pseudo-releases ("WordPress X"). Apr 11, 2011 at 17:05

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Completed, sort of. We prefer the simpler form of


etc. FYI, the wiki summary for these tags absolutely should contain a disclaimer like

Should only be used on questions that are absolutely specific to a particular version of WordPress.


Bump. Wait, make that ♦bump♦.

Situation with gets worse by day, likely because of auto-complete. was banned and auto-complete moved on.

My opinion is we really need wordpress-[number] tags banned or there will be no end to this. People who need to tag with specific version can do that with version-[number], which is way less likely to be propagated by auto-complete unnecessarily.

  • I completely agree. I retag around 3 or 4 questions a day with wordpress-[number] but it's impossible to catch all of them.
    – Chris_O
    Apr 12, 2011 at 20:40

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