In December Tom proposed changing the
woocommerce tag to
woocommerce-offtopic. After 3 months, I don't think this is helping. Without looking at any actual stats, I haven't noticed a meaningful decrease in WooCommerce related questions. In fact, it feels like the opposite.
I think the issue is that having a tag named
woocommerce-offtopic feels like it's encouraging users to post 'off topic' questions. It's quite common (or used to be, I'm getting older) for bulletin board style forums to have an "Off Topic" forum where users were encouraged to post things not related to the main topic of the forum. So seeing the words "off topic" in a forum could appear to novice users to be directed more at getting users to post in the right place (or with the right tag), rather than at getting them to not post at all.
Basically, I think that to users not familiar with Stack Exchange, "off topic" doesn't mean "not allowed".
Is there another approach that might work? Or, could actual stats prove me wrong, and it actually is working?
woocommerce-please-close-this-question, I wonder if we can use synonyms/alias here, e.g. a synonym of
woocommercealias and aren't aware of
woocommerce-offtopicuntil afterwards if they're paying attention. Removing that alias may help. I've adjusted the excerpt to say
PLEASE CLOSE THIS QUESTION