A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. Using the right tags makes it easier for others to find and answer your question.

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A specific question refers to a particular and individual question on the site. This tag is used to query the community on the specifics of a particular question asked on the main site or the meta sit…
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when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why.
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keywords or labels that categorize and group your question with other, similar questions.
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For questions about fostering a sense of community among users of the site
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Questions about attracting *new* users to visit the website.
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for questions on Meta that relate to a specific answer on the Buddhism.SE site.
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for topics related to specifying traditions (branches or schools) of Buddhism.
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for questions regarding off topic questions, including whether a question is on topic and what to do with off topic questions.
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for topics related to spelling (and language).
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the answer the question owner thought best met their needs. This tag is for discussing issues related to accepted answers, not indicating that a question has an accepted answer.
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Topics which may be assigned the 'faq' tag.
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The Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) allows you to create and run queries against copies of the databases of popular Stack Exchange sites.
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a flag that can be applied to answers (and sometimes questions) which lowers the barrier for editing and prevents any rep gain/loss from voting.
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those questions which have no up-voted answers.
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for questions about the user profile page, which contains a list of all the questions, answers, and an audit trail of the user's activity on the site.