People using Gnome/Unity usually post their questions without bothering to mention this fact. Also, most users assume that when talking about folders or file browser we should assume they are talking about Nautilus. Many questions/answers happen without ever the DE or the file browser being mentioned, although these questions/answers are in fact Gnome/Unity/Nautilus-specific. They give an impression of generality that do not in fact posses, and may become misleading. Adding this request for users would greatly improve the clarity and usefulness of the website.

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I believe that we should assume the answer needs to be about a vanilla Ubuntu. When someone is using a specific piece of software it is the questioneers responsibility to mention that fact.

That being said: this what you are asking is the function of tags and it is encouraged to use tags when opening a question. A '1 tag required and max 5 possible' is enforced when asking a question so this leaves enough room. But I do not see how AU can enforce users to use certain tags. If you see such a question you can tag it unity or nautilus if it does not have that specific tag. It helps when searching for a specific issues where you know that tag is important.

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    yes, i guess a tag would be enough, although cannot be imposed
    – user47206
    Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 16:34

Is there was a runaway trend of ambiguous questions?

I could be wrong (given my lowered presence in the past few months) but most people use what they're given. They use the defaults. If they don't they usually know enough to specify what they're using.

I know assumptions aren't great and we could pester people for all sorts of detail before they were allowed to post but, as I say, this isn't something that I've witnessed as a major issue here and I've seen a few questions in my time.

On another side of this multi-faceted coin, there is an argument that adding information for the sake of adding information only serves to water down the value of those tags.

If you make the tag relevant to what the user uses and not specifically the question, you end up with a load of junk tags. Finding questions explicitly by a desktop environment become useless.

Those tags just become meta-noise and mean nothing.

  • While this issue is not very important, I think that something like adding unity tag to a question is useful. I cannot use Unity, just Xfce and LXDE, and am a bit taken aback that many questions diregard a difference that for me is capital. On many occasions, pressed by time and trying to solve a problem I searched for answers to similar questions. But many were just apparently similar and specific to Unity or Gnome. I think I describe here the normal use of this website before asking a new question. A tag would save time, both when searching for and when giving an answer. That's all.
    – user47206
    Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 16:39
  • @cipricus We're always looking for more content, if you see a question that could use a LXDE or XFCE counterpart, make one! Commented Aug 25, 2012 at 12:54

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