We currently have the tags and .

That's really too many tags, and many are being used interchangably. I initially intended "salary" to refer to issues specific to salaried payments, as opposed to hourly payments, but that just hasn't happened.

I think all "money I am paid for doing my job" questions should be bundled into one tag, IMO is best for that. All non-payment issues about giving an employee money, as in benefits, should be tagged . Questions dealing with spending company money should be tagged . Asking about increased pay (not benefits) should be I don't really see any useful, common distinction beyond that.

Better ideas? Is this okay? What should we do here?

I killed by retagging those questions manually, it's too vague to make a synonym. I synonymized and to for now, that seems to be the consensus. and are all fine by me, but they need tag wikis/excerpts to define their proper use.

  • Interesting. I submitted a potential wiki description for money only yesterday, because of precisely this issue. Also mentioned it in a question on meta.stackoverflow - is this in response to either of those?
    – itsbruce
    Oct 24, 2012 at 8:49
  • @itsbruce not directly, though I did happen to notice "money" and remembered an earlier issue of salary vs pay/payment.
    – Rarity
    Oct 24, 2012 at 16:37

4 Answers 4


Use to indicate questions related to "money I'm being paid." might be a "most correct" term but I disagree on using it because it is not the most straightforward to users unfamiliar with this site.

Probably 99% of users coming to this site will instinctively think to search or tag questions with vs , as well as what almost all people will search via google.

I also think is a valid tag as it pertains to another specific set of things people will be looking to try to do.

Leave as that is also a specific and unique thing. Get rid of , , and .

  • I'm okay with this. I forgot to mention raise; it's yet another money tag but like you say it's a distinct problem. Current pay, payment and salary are not distinct.
    – Rarity
    Oct 23, 2012 at 13:18

On this one, I'm thinking a basic strategy is to go with what's intuitive. Current usage says:

- 41 questions

- 3 - 1 about salary, 2 about other types of money that isn't payment for work

- 6 - none overlap with salary, but look like they could be fused with salary

- 5 - does overlap with pay - also refers in usage to payment for work

- 2 - neither of which relate to negotiation, or of compensation

- 3 - seems mostly about transfer of money for conditions that are not classic salary or payment - like travel costs or other "expense account" type issues

- 3 - cases of increasing payment for work within an existing job.

Give the love of as a tag, I'd say eliminate (fuse it into salary or expenses), (fuse into salary), (fuse into salary). Keep - non-monetary compensation for work, - money provided for incidental costs relating to or required by work, and - increases in salary within an existing job.


It seems should be the tag for salary/wages, and should be a synonym. While this may be less intuitive for questions about hourly pay, I think it's a good fit.

We should keep to cover all non-monetary compensation to an employee.

It would be useful to keep around, covering questions about compy expenses or reimbursement by an employer for personally-paid expenses (such as parking or public transportation).

We should get rid of . It's a bit broad, and could cover salary (covered by ), expenses (covered by ), or investment/financing (off-topic). Similarly, strikes me as "a payment" more so than "payment for services of an employee", and I suggest we get rid of it (or at least synonymize it with ).

Lastly, isn't really covered by , since it is also tied to promotions, performance, and changes in responsibility. However, I see no compelling reason why we can't broaden enough to include it other than potentially having a tag about negotiating (hiring, promotions, raises, etc).


I suggest synonymizing a few of these

Compensation => salary pay and raise payment expenses benefits

Lets eliminate and ban the Money tag it does not belong here.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .