There's a new outdoor-gadgets tag, and I'm wondering how the community feels about it. It only has two questions so far, which is why it seems to be worth thinking about now. Both of the questions are very popular and well-written, so that's not the point of this at all!
In Are there any situations while backpacking that would require a watch?, it's used together with safety and backpacking. Obviously it's referring to the watch.
In What role does information about atmospheric pressure play from an outdoor perspective?, it's the only tag. I thought about adding some more tags to that question, but didn't want to do that yet.
According to this, meta is the place to bring this up, so I wanted to do this first.
My questions are:
- Is that a valid tag?
- Would it be easily searchable, especially if used alone? Since that's one of the main purposes of tags, I'm not sure it would help the community in general, unless of course a lot of questions start using it, in which case it would appear more frequently in searches.
If it is valid, how should it be used? For instance, we have binoculars, compasses, gps, and others which could be called outdoor gadgets. In general, those are used with broader category tags, like gear, hiking, navigation.
Is it a meta tag? To my inexperienced eye, that's what it looks like. In which case, we're discouraged from adding those.
To those who are using it, please don't take any offense. I can definitely see the point. I bump into this frequently when asking my questions, and I'm often tempted to add something new. We have a lot of generic questions that seemingly could be helped by new tags like this to narrow them down. I'm just seeking advice about this one.