While searching for a duplicate today, I discovered a new unholy mess of hopeless tags.
I'm sure there's more, that's just what I've found so far.
The (major) problem with all of this is that it makes it extremely hard to actually find questions about this topic because it's impossible to predict what tag it will have.
In my case, there was a question that was more or less about minimum billable units ("what should I charge for X minutes of work?") and I knew I'd seen it before, but couldn't remember many keywords from the original. Eventually I managed to find it in freelancing - turned out it didn't have any of these tags, and didn't share any tags with the duplicate.
A lot of these tags mean the exact same thing. A lot of them don't, but are widely being misused to mean the same thing (for example, paying doesn't usually actually mean paying, it means getting paid).
I propose the following structure for questions of this nature:
Questions about running a software business (i.e. selling shrinkwrap software or running a web business) should be tagged business. This is still a very small tag - only 105 questions.
This would also cover isv and micro-isvs, which span all of 8 questions; I don't think we need that level of specialization considering the tiny percentage of our user base who actually ask and answer these questions.
Questions about selling software development as a service should be tagged freelancing or consulting. We don't need both - pick one. Yeah, I know there's a theoretical difference, and it's a difference that 0.1% of people understand, so let it go.
Again, these tags are still very small (~150 questions between them), and we don't need separate subtags for pricing, billing, etc. - they're basically redundant anyway, since that's 90% of what freelancing comprises.
- Questions about full-time employment compensation should be tagged salary. Again, this is a relatively small tag and is more than enough to set expectations as to what the question is about.
- If we absolutely must have an additional tag to describe "money matters", then I propose we settle on billing. That word refers to the entire process of setting rates, calculating billable units, invoicing, collections, and so on. We only need the one tag.
Any comments, arguments, suggestions? Did I miss any really obvious problem-tags? Will you help out with this cleanup?