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Can we add tags for:

Jersey

Guernsey

To be added to questions such as these

How did United Kingdom responsibility for the defence of the British Channel Islands originate?

Channel Islands Equivalence in Financial Services

Brexit, EU tax evasion regulation, and the City of London

Note: The Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey are collectively known as the British Channel Islands or Channel Islands for short. They have the collective name Channel Islands only because of their geography - they are actually separate countries each with its own government. They are often referred to collectively in the context of relations with the United Kingdom but it seems to me to be better to add two tags Jersey and Guernsey for a question about "the Channel Islands" rather than have a British Channel Islands tag. It also avoids confusion with phrases such as British Isles and British Islands all of which mean different things but are sometimes confused.

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  • Why do we need these tags?
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 13:47
  • For questions about these countries
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 13:51
  • Yes, tags are used for questions but if you are going to suggest new tags you should also include questions where the new tags are needed as tags can't exist without a question that they are on.
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 14:40
  • The Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey are collectively known as the British Channel Islands or Channel Islands for short. They have the collective name Channel Islands only because of their geography - they are actually separate countries each with its own government. If you search for Channel Islands you will see that there are many questions which are asked about them. These could have the tags guernsey and jersey added to them.
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 14:50
  • Please some questions where the tags can be used
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 14:52
  • You need to add those to the question and explain which tag is needed and why.
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 15:00
  • How do I "add those to the question"? I get an error message saying that the tags do not exist
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 15:16
  • You can't as you don't have enough rep but you can add questions that can make use of the tags and explain why they need them.
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 15:30
  • I did that but someone then deleted them saying that they should be added as tags and that the best way to do this was to post on Meta. See politics.stackexchange.com/posts/69495/revisions
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 15:33
  • I meant to this question which is to discuss the addition of new tags
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 15:33
  • I have now added the links to the question.
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 15:39
  • Minor point but the first question only has room for one more tag and the second and third questions don't have room for any more tags as they are at the cap of five tags.
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 17:04

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I am sure that there are a lot of interesting questions one could ask about Jersey. And I am also sure that there are a lot of interesting questions about Guernsey too. But so far nobody has asked any. So we don't need those tags (yet!).

The three questions mentioned here are neither specifically about Guernsey nor specifically about Jersey. They are all questions about the Channel Islands in general which apply to both of those bailiwicks equally. There is nothing in this questions which is specific only to Jersey and nothing that is specific only to Guernsey. We don't tag every question about the also with , , and , do we? That would be pretty ridiculous, because we only have 5 tags per question. Which means we need to be careful with creating tags which are redundant. So we only add one of these country-tags in addition to the United Kingdom tag if the question is specifically about the status of one of these countries within the United Kingdom. We also use those country-tags on their own if the question is about an internal matter of one of these countries which isn't relevant to the United Kingdom in general.

(by the way: Did you notice that doesn't even exist yet?)

So if we add a new tag to those three questions, that tag should be . But if we ever have more than one question about some matter which only applies to Guernsey, only applies to Jersey or which are about some matter between those two bailiwicks, then we can add those tags. Considering that those two "have the collective name Channel Islands only because of their geography" and that "they are actually separate countries each with its own government", it shouldn't be difficult to come up with some questions which do not always mention those two in the same sentence.

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  • I guess England does not have a tag because it does not have its own legislature. british-channel-islands will have to do!
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 16:45
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    I guess England doesn't have a tag yet because nobody came up with two questions yet which are about England in particular.
    – Philipp Mod
    Nov 8, 2021 at 16:47
  • Yes. But that may be because it doesn't have its own legislature so that there are few specifically English political questions (unless you go back to the 17th Century before the Act of Union)
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 16:49
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    @Nemo You don't need to have a legislature to have politically related questions.
    – Joe W
    Nov 8, 2021 at 17:02
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    No. But it helps!
    – Nemo
    Nov 8, 2021 at 17:20

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