I've been active in Stack Exchange for several years and posted many questions, and while I'm not stupid per se I have never figured out how the site's tagging system works. It's a black box to me.
I know that there is ample information in metaFAQ but what I need is an explanation that a five year old could understand.
The background here is that
- I have recently asked some questions with the explosives tag and I plan to ask some more.
- In parallel, I have answered that I like the idea of a more specific
- "explosive bolt" ends up being used as a generic term for a variety of pyrotechnic devices. recent example and Wikipedia's Frangible nut begins "Not to be confused with Explosive bolt."
Question: If I wanted eventually for a pyrotechnics tag to exist, and then to appear as a suggestion when someone started typing explosive-bol... in the tag-adding box (because it's a common catch-all term even though not correct), should I start adding an explosive-bolts now as a strategy toward that end? Are there other ways to try to make that happen? Is it something that a benevolent moderator can do easily without explosive-bolt ever being a tag of its own, or even then does the tag need to exist first? Is there something about users having enough reputation on one or both tags that comes into play here?
I"m so confused!
Anything that can't be set up as a differential equation and solved with Wolfram Alpha or
scipy.integrate is a mystery to me.