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This question begs for a Cognitive Psychology tag (though I can't retag yet), but could also be Cognitive Ergonomics.

How should we handle tagging specific subject areas? Just the single most relevant subject? How do we determine which that is?

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  • Why limit to just one relevant subject when it can be multiple? It are tags after all. – Steven Jeuris Jan 18 '12 at 21:23
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    I was concerned about applying too many tags; we only get 5 per question. – Ben Brocka Jan 18 '12 at 21:24
  • Why can't you retag by the way? It seems to work for me. At least it shows the option. – Steven Jeuris Jan 18 '12 at 21:36
  • @StevenJeuris well that's weird, the retag button works but I can't edit a question and only change tags (which is what I tried to do) – Ben Brocka Jan 18 '12 at 21:37
  • @BenBrocka It's the private beta, privileges are very different for now. Retagging questions only takes 1 rep during the beta. – Josh Jan 19 '12 at 13:23
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As I stated in my comment:

Why limit to just one relevant subject when it can be multiple? It are tags after all.

Worrying about this would only make sense when questions can cover a wide set of subject areas. I would imagine this isn't the case most of the time.

In the case of competing subjects and when the OP is only interested in one, it is up to the person who asks the question to tag the question with the desired subject.

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I can think of different levels for tags. There are tags at the level of disciplines or sub-disciplines (cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; clinical psychology; social psychology), and then there are tags that pertain to particular features of the question (e.g., attention, perception, motivation, attribution, etc.).

Perhaps in the future, users may want to follow only questions on certain sub-disciplines. Thus, it may be useful to encourage people asking questions to add discipline/sub-discipline tags to questions. Or others could edit questions to add these.

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