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In Implementing new tag for version 4 of ArcGIS API for JavaScript? it looked like the community wanted (or at least were not suggesting any alternatives) to phasing out the tag (1,558 questions) in favour of version tagging with (3 questions), (167 questions) and (82 questions) instead.

Since then I have noticed that continues to be applied to new questions both on its own, and in combination with one or more version tags.

Should we continue trying to implement version tags on ArcGIS API for JavaScript questions as per the earlier Meta Q&A, roll them all back into , or do something else?

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  • What are the numbers for each, and do we have the numbers as at the previous meta Q&A? – Midavalo Sep 15 '17 at 14:39
  • The complicating factor is that arcgis-javascript-api is mostly synonymous with the 2 and 3 versions, with a few differences as new features were added, whereas arcgis-javascript-api-4 is mostly completely new as they've re-written much of the functionality – Stephen Lead Sep 18 '17 at 23:04
  • @StephenLead Would just two tags arcgis-javascript-api-2-3 and arcgis-javascript-api-4 work better? It would be easy to synonymize all but that last tag. – PolyGeo Sep 18 '17 at 23:08
  • @Midavalo I added the question numbers as of now, but without SEDE (which my SQL is not up to), I have no access to question counts as at the previous meta Q&A. – PolyGeo Sep 18 '17 at 23:11
  • @StephenLead Did you want to write that as a brief answer? If you do, perhaps include guidance as to whether arcgis-javascript-api and arcgis-javascript-api-4 should be used on the same question. – PolyGeo Sep 20 '17 at 1:26
  • There only seem to be a few of us interested in commenting/answering within this Q&A so I'm going to proceed with implementing the only answer. – PolyGeo Sep 21 '17 at 23:12
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Given that:

it might make sense to roll the 2 and 3 tags into if this is possible.

However, version 4 of the ArcGIS JavaScript API seems to be substantially different to the previous versions, with most classes and functions apparently re-written from scratch. So should remain as a separate tag.

For version 4 questions, I'd suggest that the tag on its own makes it pretty clear which version and software are being used.

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