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In this question I describe a situation where I'm looking for a tag that begins with the word ion - as in a charged atom. In this case I expected there to be a tag like ion-drive or ion-propulsion or ion-engine. Do you see a pattern here, they all begin with ion-, but the tag genie won't show me what it's got - by design apparently.

The status-bydesign was added to my question in red and I can't delete it, so it carries both authority, and finality. If I understand it's usage, in this case it's saying no this is NOT a bug and therefore will be forever ignored because of this authoritative and final label.

But I think the person who put it there simply stated the current behavior of the algorithm, but does not actually say it is designed to hide tags that begin with ion- when you type ion. I think the algorithm needs to be tweaked so that it stops hiding key words! I think this behavior is unintended and sub-optimal, and I'd say that for lack of a better word, a bug.

Is there an appeal process to see if we can, at least temporarily, remove the bydesign status (by removing the tag) so that the discussion that continues there will have due visibility?

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't think it would necessarily be a good idea to remove the tag in this case, as it indicates to the staff that the issue (where the issue is a lack of understanding of the system) has been addressed. However, I do think it would be a good idea for you to reframe the question based on your new understanding and ask a follow up question on MSE. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jun 14 '16 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage MSE = the main meta? The big leagues? OK I'll give it a try in the morning - after coffee. Thanks for the advice! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 14 '16 at 17:06
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    $\begingroup$ Yep. :) It's really not that scary. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jun 14 '16 at 17:06

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