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Right now, "plugin-dev" is the most-utilized tag for Stack Exchange questions. We've agreed that the topic is welcome on Stack Exchange, how to tag specific plugins making them easy to follow, and I think that we should account for the different types of plugin discussions that are bound to come up.

The issue of further differentiating plugins vs. plugin development questions was recently brought up without much discussion. I also noticed that Brandon suggested that the "plugins" tag should be a synonym for "plugin-dev", which would mean that there is no differentiation between the two.

I would argue that there are two types of plugin questions:

  1. General questions, like "do I need a plugin to...?" or "do any plugins exist for...?" (example)
  2. Development questions, like "how can I get my plugin to...?" or "why isn't my plugin functioning as I understand it should?" (example)

For this reason, I think it makes sense to keep a differentiation between the "plugins" and "plugin-dev" tags. As it's an important and complicated issue, I'd like to know what people think.


On a related note, I propose changing the name of "plugin-dev" to "plugin-development" so that it's more explicit. I'd love to hear what others think.

In summary:

  • Are the existing "plugins" and "plugin-dev" tags perfect as-is?
  • Does it make sense to rename "plugin-dev" to "plugin-development"?
  • Are there any other plugin tagging issues we should be mindful of?
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  • @LindseyD Wow, thanks for the edits! Any chance you'd like to edit everything I write? – Matt Stein Jul 11 '14 at 20:40
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    I think that "plugin" and "plugin-dev" should be different and only "plugin-dev" should be used for development questions. I think "dev" is clear enough. – Simon Kuran Jul 11 '14 at 21:10
  • @MattStein Lol, hope I didn't get too carried away there! :) – Lindsey D Jul 11 '14 at 21:18
  • @SimonKuran Thanks for the feedback. So ultimately, you're saying to leave everything as is? – Lindsey D Jul 11 '14 at 21:19
  • @LindseyD Not at all, I genuinely appreciate it. You made me more organized and succinct. – Matt Stein Jul 11 '14 at 22:01
  • @MattStein Then the system works! :) – Lindsey D Jul 11 '14 at 22:03
  • @LindseyD Yes, I think so. The synonym by Brandon has only been proposed, it's not active right? The tag synonym page isn't very clear (if you sort by suggested Brandon's doesn't show up). I definitely think "plugins" should be for plugin talk not involving plugin development. – Simon Kuran Jul 11 '14 at 22:10
  • Yes, the synonym is just a proposal. (Apparently this is one of the things I can see now, so apologies if that was confusing.) He also said to ignore it in today's Craft chat, which means I should probably clear it out. I just wanted to solicit opinions first and make sure I'm not drunk on power. :) – Matt Stein Jul 11 '14 at 22:12
  • @MattStein Ok, thanks. I could only see the synonym when I had the sort set to "all", which was a bit confusing, but I see you already got rid of it. ;) So I'm happy the way it is now. – Simon Kuran Jul 11 '14 at 22:40
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Are the existing "plugins" and "plugin-dev" tags perfect as-is?

At first I thought so, but now I'm not so sure. Currently, is being mostly used to talk about plugin development rather than questions about plugin usage. If that's really the purpose of the tag, then I think it should be merged with the more explicit

But we might actually need a general tag about plugin usage. If that's the case, then I think would work well for that.

Does it make sense to rename "plugin-dev" to "plugin-development"?

Yes. I think is better than Why not be explicit? Especially since auto-suggest means that one won't have to type more than a few characters anyway.

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