Following the discussion in How to best support field-specific Stan communities on Discourse we want to use tags to maintain field-specific content and generally to add more structure to the forums.
The primary reason to focus on tags now was to support field-specific communities, notably Ecology, led by @vianeylb. I granted Vianey Leader privileges to let her moderate the community more effectively. I’ve created a bunch of premade “application area” tags, but this is just a starting point and is in no way definitive.
To me, the most important feature of tags is that you can follow a tag, by clicking on it (either on a post that uses the tag or via the Tags link in the “Hamburger menu” and choosing the “Bell” icon (protip: you can also mute a tag, the same works for categories).
This way, you’ll be notified of new posts with the tag, so you can focus on supporting/following the fields close to your heart.
You can also redirect fans of specific application areas to a list of topics with that tag:, e.g., https://discourse.mc-stan.org/tag/ecology or use the tag in search.
Generally, I think we should tag more, including model classes and other. At this phase, please tag liberally, it should help us to figure out how exactly we can use tags best. The responsibility of me and the community leaders would be to maintain tag synonyms/merges (let me know if you see a pair of tags that should be merged) and prune tags that are not useful.
Users at “Regular” level and above can also create new tags (and add them to other people’s posts - please do!).
Additional proposal: Remove some categories
Using tags well could help us simplify the category structure we have.
One thing that we could potentially also do would be to eliminate the “Interfaces” subcategories and use tags instead (we can enforce that at least one interface tag would be added to every post).
While at it we could also eliminate the following rarely used categories: “Google Summer of Code”, “Technical working group”, “Meetings” and possibly “Project Proposals” and merge them with either “Stan Governance” or “General” and add tags to distinguish them.
This is just a proposal for discussion as category structure was left out of the previous threads, so I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts.