This is the only tag representing an industry. We do not have a tag for law-firms or healthcare-industry or agriculture or otherwise.
We do have software-industry - 277 questions.
This is likely due to the history of the Workplace (since SE was originally designed for folks in the software industry), but it also stands out as being a glaring exception in the tag list.
This issue has been brought up before but nothing has been done (unfortunately), so here we are.
Like location tags (country, region), very few of these questions are actually specific to the software industry. Take the top 10 questions in that tag for instance:
- How can I overcome "years of experience" requirements when applying to positions?
- How can I encourage a culture of punctuality in a software company?
- How can we protest a deadline that is too short?
- How should I deal with colleagues asking me to hide problems with their work?
- How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and experience?
- How do you explain to your boss they're wrong without making them feel threatened?
- Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?
- How can I use my masters degree to get a higher salary?
- Just got an initial job offer. How do I ask for more without any real justification?
- How to deal with a team lead direct report that acts unprofessionally?
None of these questions are about topics where experience from other industries won't help. "How can I encourage a culture of punctuality in a software company?" could just as easily be "How can I encourage a culture of punctuality?". "Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?" could be "Is it ethical to read work-related books on the clock?" I'm sure there are carpenters who would love to know "How do you explain to your boss they're wrong without making them feel threatened?" And I'll bet that there are advertising folks who would love to know "How can we protest a deadline that is too short?"
I would love to go through this list of questions and take the following action on each:
- If it is of questionable worth, vote to close (many of the lower-rated questions would almost certainly be closed if they were asked today)
- If it is not related to software at all, remove the software-industry tag
- If no value is lost by removing details related to the software industry, edit and then remove the software-industry tag
Questions that have value but aren't on-topic by today's standards should be listed somewhere (chat? here?). Questions that are specific to the software industry and cannot apply to others but are still on topic and have value should also be displayed here.
By minimizing the amount of flotsam in the software-industry tag, we can see how many questions are truly limited to a single industry, and make it easier to decide how we want to deal with future industry-related questions. Do we want a retail tag? A call-center tag? A automotive-industry tag? Or do we want something more like what GuyM discusses in the previous discussion:
I'd suggest the "hip start-up" is a good tag, as is "corporate", and probably "family-run business", were these are relevent to the question.
Found the culprit of the software-industry tag!
And I quote:
I've created the software-industry tag (for lack of a better label) to tag my (one) question that was actually domain specific – Rarity Apr 10 '12 at 22:24