The tag is malformed if one looks closely.

It appears that tags cannot be created(or renamed) to end in punctuation. This seems almost too trivial to bring up; but, as every other acronym-as-tag has no periods (e.g., , , , ), it sticks out a bit as a sore thumb.

I'm somewhat of the mind that looks awry, but it was suggested on chat that I post for opinions. Rename or no? And is it absolutely impossible to allow tags to end in '.'?

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    et is certainly better than nothing. But why not et-the-extra-terrestial? Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 4:05
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    @MatthewRead I would hate to perpetuate unnecessary redundancies unnecessarily.
    – NominSim
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 15:48
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    The word is spelled terrestRial, folks. I don't really have an opinion one way or the other about what this tag should be called, but if y'all decide to create the longer-named tag, please make sure to spell it correctly.
    – Martha
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 18:13

2 Answers 2


I think (as suggested by Matthew Read in the comments) would be the least ambiguous one and both and should by synonyms. An alternative would have been but the period followed by the hyphen looks weird, so I still vote for the very first one.

This makes the meaning of what the "et" stands for more clear.

Edit: Typo fixed as per Martha's suggestion.

  • I like et-the-extra-terrestrial because "E.T." is a generic term in addition to the title of the film. See aliens vs aliens-1986.
    – user1027
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 18:44
  • A meta-Meta question- who am I to 'accept' an answer here? Do I simply wait a customary period of time and 'accept' the most-upvoted?
    – Solemnity
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 6:50
  • @Solemnity: Consensus is not defined strictly. However, you can accept an answer that you think works best for you, but the community might disagree. If there is enough consensus (which at the moment doesn't seem to be the case) it will become a policy and the tags will be changed (probably by a mod).
    – bitmask
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 12:47
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    Done. e.t.-the-extra-terrestrial is one character too long anyway, so et-the-extra-terrestrial it is.
    – Kevin
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 2:49

looks awry because unlike many acronyms, it is pronounceable. I prefer to . While would be better, I doubt that it's important enough for us to get an exception to the tag naming rules.

Alternatively, we could write , following the habit of using a hyphen as the word separator.

  • Do you know which set of characters is allowed for tags? Maybe there can be something found that resembles E.T.
    – bitmask
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 16:33
  • @bitmask Lowercase Latin letters, digits and #.-+
    – user56
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 16:44

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