I'm curious about the stingy tag.

Most of the tags on bicycles.stackexchange are reasonably obvious. The tag showed up when hhh joined the community.

I'm not opposed to the stingy tag, but, a good definition would be useful. I'm not sure if the tag means: frugal? Cheap? Or perhaps: bargain hunter? A good definition behind this tag would really help when answering questions so tagged.

Beyond that, it seems that the tag wikis need work.

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    You can suggest tag wiki edits for any tag and mods or users over 1500 rep can approve them. You even get a little rep that way.
    – freiheit
    Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 22:02

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I agree, I renamed it from to since there is no need for the negative connotations of the former.

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    "frugal" covers it nicely.
    – darkcanuck
    Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 22:02

'Stingy' may be perjorative (or self-deprecating), as well as being not-the-simplest-english-word-in-that-category: so I'd suggest maybe 'cheap' as the tag, instead.

After reading The Death of Meta Tags you might decide that it's a meta-tag ...

  • Describes the [intent of] the questioner, instead of describing the question
  • Wouldn't be suitable to use as a question's only tag

... and therefore 'eradicate' it.

  • I agree that it is a borderline meta-tag, but if the overriding concern of the question is I need to do this in the most inexpensive way imaginably possible then I could perhaps defend its use -- removing the tag would change the question significantly. Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 21:59
  • Here's a good example of the frugal/cheap/stingy tag being used appropriately in a non-meta way: Switching from 3x9 gears to cheaper ones.
    – freiheit
    Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 22:06
  • @Jeff It's an adjective, not a noun or verb. It's a "dependent tag". It (the frugality motive) could have been just included in the question title and text; but maybe it adds value as a tag, also, e.g. because a hypothetical other user is more likely to want to search for 'frugal' than they are to want to search for 'homework' or 'subjective' (I'm not sure how they'd think/know to search for 'frugal' though, instead of e.g. 'cheap').
    – ChrisW
    Commented Feb 27, 2011 at 3:57

The tags [stingy], [cheap], [inexpensive], and [low-cost] now are synonyms for [frugal]. So, if you use any of these as tags, they should remap to [frugal]. (I think that's how this works.)

Does this work for everyone? I'd much prefer to simply create synonyms than to mass-retag questions, since it bumps them up on the main site page as "modified".

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