For hand histories, I think the following tags apply:

  1. Poker variant (texas-hold-em, omaha, 7-card-stud)
  2. Betting structure (limit, no-limit, pot-limit)
  3. live or online
  4. cash-game or tournament
  5. Stakes (1-2nl)
  6. hand-history

Some of the information is duplicate (no-limit and 1-2nl), but which do we cut?

I suppose a related question would be how much information we plan to cram into a tag?

texas-hold-em + no-limit => nlhe
no-limit + stakes => 1-2nl

It will be very hard to follow tags nicely if we go to that level of granularity.

  • This has been requested before and declined without comment. However, that was before Stack Exchange was what it is now, and that user did not try to address specific reasons as you did. Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 17:05
  • In #1 I believe the variant should just say "hold-em".
    – Toby Booth
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 4:18
  • That's fine if we have a texas-hold-em synonym. New users that start typing texas should have the correct tag suggested. Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 12:19
  • If you add a tag to the body of the description below the question and not as a direct tag, does it show up in the filter system? If so, and 5 tags aren't enough, then adding a tag into the body to replace a relevant word would be a way of using additional tags. That said, I used it a couple of times just to experiment and it slightly detracts from readability IMO.
    – Toby Booth
    Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 23:39
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    MSE: Why is there a tag limit? Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 9:54

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We need to figure this out; whether by more tags or better use of tags.

I'd like more tags if possible.

Barring that, I suggest #1 and #2 can often be combined. "NLHE" and "PLO8" are examples of common abbreviations that combine the two concepts. Additionally, one probably isn't intereted in finding questions about pot-limit specifically but rather as it pertains to Omaha, etc.

However, I think this comes with the heavy cost of making tags like "texas-hold-em" less useful.

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