I'm not interested in the history of how this taste got through and was made, but it has done a fairly successful job as a tag:
- 13 questions currently tagged; more or less, it does make sense on them.
- No serious mistags observed (Depends on how we look at it though)
- There's some expectation of future use for this tag; no one has thought of burninating it.
However, as this question made me wonder,
- Currently there are 158 results, searching for smell.
- A small check proves some of them are only about smells, and the most recent question suffers from lack of good tags.
- A smell could do the same to these questions, just as taste does.
Now, this is a tough choice. These are not really chemistry-oriented tags. They don't look like meta tags to me either - They do tell something about the question. And we have five senses: Taste, sight, sound, touch and smell.
I even can imagine plausible chem questions for each possible tag:
- Smell: What causes the old book smell?1
- Touch: Why does my skin feel itchy when I touch plant X?
- Sight: I saw a bright blue light when I reacted Y with Z. What was that I observed?
- Sound: What was the squeaking sound when I heated A in the beaker?
- Taste: What compounds exist in the bitter peel of specific fruits?2
Now, as I'm totally a molecule, I might not understand human senses,
specially those of chemists'. A tag for smell might be a good idea, but there's a big potential of misuse in sound and sight, alongside the fact that these can really be treated as meta tags.
Now, what should we do?
- Create one new tag for smell?
- Burninate taste?
- Create one big tag for all of the human senses?
- Create four more tags for five senses, separately?
- Upvote this meta discussion? $$\vdots$$
Have your say, and thanks for reading!
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2: See one.