Today, I asked this question: Avoiding conflict when showing my family my new name

I added the on it with the following explanation:

I put the lgbt+ tag because changing names is a common issue among the trans community.

A moment later, the tag was removed and, when I asked in chat, people seemed to have mixed feelings about it.

I do believe the tag was relevant because trans people often have this kind of problems and having this question tagged like that would help them find it so they could give their advice.

Also, I wanted to use it even though I wasn't ready to say that I belong to the trans community (I later reconsidered because I really wanted to use the lgbt+ tag and because someone told me adding this information might give me better answers).

However, the question remains: Should have this tag been removed in the first place?

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    Well, if your question is specific to LGBT+ issue, then adding it is okay. However, the question and its answers as of currently written don't say anything about it. Everyone (not specific to LGBT+) can dislike their given name for some of these reasons.
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 18, 2019 at 20:58
  • "The LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and sexual/gender minorities) tag may be used where issues of sexuality, gender, or lack there of, are central to the question."
    – apaul
    Apr 20, 2019 at 22:20

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In general, I think tags should only be used when they are relevant to the specific situation in the question (and that relevance is clear in the question). Like tag help says:

A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question.

For example, I could ask a question about "how to come out to my religious parents about being agnostic?". That situation definitely has parallels to situations that many LGBT+ folks have experience with, and I'm sure some of them would be able to give great advice based on those experiences. However, my question isn't about anyone being LGBT+, so it wouldn't be appropriate for me to add that tag. (On the other hand, if this was a common enough topic, we could decide to create a tag like that could be used by both types of questions.)

Another example is how is used. Questions tagged with that are either:

  • focused on an interaction with a person on the autism spectrum (whether OP or someone else)
  • asked by someone on the spectrum who wants to encourage answerers to take that into account (even though the situation itself might not be directly related to them having autistic traits)

But, it does not mean "I want autistic people to read this question".

For the original version of your post - the explanation you added looks to me more like that last reason ("I want LGBT+ people to read this", rather than "this question involves someone who is LGBT+"). So I can see why someone felt it should be edited out. I feel like it's almost a meta-tag -

The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not describe the content of the question. They describe some other aspect of the question, like the author’s skill level, or the author’s motivation for asking it, or generally what “kind” of question it is (poll, how-to, etc.).

because it's not actually describing the content but rather who you want to answer.

Plus, if answerers don't have any info about why it is relevant to your situation, they can't tailor their answers for that, so the tag might as well not be there. The question could still be found by anyone searching IPS for "new name", but just adding the tag won't guarantee that the answers will be applicable to the trans community (as pointed out in a comment there's many other reasons a person might change their name, which would probably involve different sorts of conversations).

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    This coming-out tag sounds like a good idea. Even some of my question about autism could use it.
    – Ael
    Apr 19, 2019 at 6:47

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