For example, when someone asks a question and he is saying I am using Ubuntu 11.04. Should the question also be tagged 11.04 or not ?

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If I see any mention of version (either software version which I lookup on http://packages.ubuntu.com/ or Ubuntu version) I tag it accordingly.

It could be used for determining the age and relevancy of the question. Tags can be used for searching: https://askubuntu.com/questions/tagged/11.04+upgrade

I find the version tag more useful to questions related to upgrades, bugs, drivers and the use of new software like Unity. Software recommendations and shell-scripting questions are examples of questions where the Ubuntu version does not matter.

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    I agree. It might turn out not to be relevant to the issue but it does help people in the future who are looking for version-specific things.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Jun 15, 2011 at 13:07
  • So , for specific questions like applications,scripting, coding, the version tags are not necessary. But for major things that concern the version itself ;i.e installation,updating,upgrading,drivers a person should use these tags. am I right ?
    – Binarylife
    Commented Jun 15, 2011 at 13:54
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    Yes, you're right. Keep in mind that this does not imply that you should omit the version tags for all applications, applications may still retain a different behavior across versions. Another thing to add: bugs are especially version-dependent.
    – Lekensteyn
    Commented Jun 15, 2011 at 14:09

I would definitely avoid adding a version tag just for the sake of having it.

Version tags can be dangerous if the community starts to believe that every question, no matter what, has to have a version tag.

Only version tag posts that provide at least some evidence they are in fact tied to a specific version of Ubuntu.

  • This is one of the reasons why I've managed to ask such a question. Because I see some questions that maybe it doesn't need to have a version tag to it. Also we should note that there are so many things change every version as Jorge Castro mentioned above.
    – Binarylife
    Commented Jun 16, 2011 at 21:21

In addition to what Lekensteyn I use the following ideas myself:

  • If something changed a ton, like say unity, I tag those with the versions so that it's obvious which major release people are using, but I don't tag general stuff like apt, dpkg, or something like that.
  • Kernel/Hardware/Video stuff for sure since hardware detection is version specific there.

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