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I see misused far more often than it's used correctly. The goal of the tag, as described in its usage guidance:

Questions relating to the general UX field, such as career, academic aspects, its relation to other fields and disciplines, and other topics that relate to the field as a whole.

The description is clear, but instead, we have a random assortment of questions that have been mistagged (go ahead and browse them if you'd like).

Obviously we shouldn't be surprised that people don't read the descriptions for each tag they add, but I think another issue is that the term "field" is too ambiguous.

  • Forms have fields
  • Research has "field studies"
  • Jobs exist within a particular field
  • My neighborhood park has fields

Proposal: If we rename this to "ux-profession" or "ux-career", this might help to reduce the amount of abuse this tag gets, as those terms are less up for interpretation. I understand that "profession" or "career" is more focused than "field", so perhaps "ux-work" or "ux-discipline" would more broadly cover the same reach while also reducing ambiguity?

I've also found the tag. Its usage is described as:

Concerns and thoughts about being a UX Designer. This is an abstract tag. It may not directly be linked to a specific problem. It caters to being a UX designer and the career aspects of it.

This seems highly related, but still perhaps slightly more limited in scope than .

Perhaps there are other solutions I've not yet reached.

  • Should I go ahead and do a cleanup on this tag myself? Not sure how tag cleanups normally go... Obviously, that would bump a lot of questions to the front page, which might not be ideal. How should I proceed? – maxathousand Apr 3 at 19:10
  • Agreed. The tag is named in a way that people misuse it thinking it's about form fields. Also, given the description of the ux-field tag, how many of such questions would actually end up being non-discussion-based? – Shreyas Tripathy Apr 10 at 12:38
  • Could I get a moderator's input on this? – maxathousand May 10 at 14:56
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How to fix [ux-field]?

I see ux-field misused far more often than it's used correctly.

The description is clear, but ...

Obviously we shouldn't be surprised that people don't read the descriptions for each tag they add, but I think another issue is that the term "field" is too ambiguous.

Proposal: If we rename this to ...

Perhaps there are other solutions I've not yet reached.

How should I proceed.

I suggest:

Check out some of the wisdom offered on the Main Meta and ours:

How to cleanup:

  1. Check the tag's definition in the "Learn more" on main. Also refer to the "Excerpt History".

  2. Search on our Meta (0 results) and our chat (52 messages) for discussions.

  3. Read the first few dozen entries on the last page of the ux-field tag (when sorted by newest, since sorted by oldest isn't an option). Check why the tag was created in the first place and if there has been reasonable drift in the definition over time. The history shows any refinements.

    Determine how often 'tagging without looking' has spoiled that effort and determine how much work lies ahead. (Hint: There are 391 questions tagged, if 1/3 are bad that's ~130, if only 10% are bad that's ~40 that will need retagging).

    If there's a ton of work determine if you need something like Burnaki.

    You can use this question and our chat to recruit some help.

  4. Write this question (done) and fill in any blanks/update occasionally.

  5. Once a course of action is decided on you can get started.

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