The has a number of meanings. Some of which are already covered by other tags.

In particular, the 100 or so questions seem to fall into one of three groups:

The proposal:

  • Retag all the questions about big o, as
  • Retag all the questions about cyclomatic complexity, as .
  • Leave the hand wavy complexity questions there
    • Change the tag wiki to reflect that this is about hand-wavy questions.
    • Get SE to update the tag guidance on to mention the other two tags.

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The proposal to disambiguate the complexity tag is a good one.

Having discrete tags for "big-o" and "cyclomatic complexity" would I'm sure be useful for people who have questions about these specific topics.

As for "hand wavy complexity" (an amusing term(!) for story point complexity estimation which you got from here), I'd suggest using the tag "story points", as story points are used to represent the complexity of a story in Agile estimation (see this article here for more information).

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    The other option was wibbly wobbly complexity.
    – user40980
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 2:19
  • @MichaelT Lol! :) FYI, I don't have enough reputation to create a "story-points" tag in the linked question. I reckon it would be a good tag to have available for the aforementioned type of question.
    – BenSmith
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 2:21
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    The key to a tag being created and sticking around with value is to find a few questions that would fit. This does two things - it helps verify that there isn't already another tag out there, and it also makes sure the tag sticks. Single use tags are deleted after six months (if this question is tagged with story-points, and nothing else is for six months, the tag is deleted. If two questions exist with story-points tag, it doesn't get deleted). So, find a couple questions that should get the story-points tag, post a meta question asking for the tag to be added to them, and it will be done.
    – user40980
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 3:30
  • @MichaelT I know that. There are no suitable tags currently...
    – BenSmith
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 11:57

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