I guess that would work for me. I do not know how discoverable it is. Would users know to look for this tag and add it to their topics?
Maybe this question could be asked in Packaging see what people over there think about a sub-category. I know it is discouraged to ask “packaging user” questions in that category. Also I did not know sub-categories were a thing on Discourse.
If the folks in the category agreed, that could become a convention for “packaging help” questions. Or really “[any category] help” type questions, for things more complicated than the usual Python Help type of issues. I don’t know if there’s a nice way to get the “- help” list as a feed or other view, besides a search.
update: it looks like there is experimental feature that enables a /filter view. That might be a useful feature to enable for people who want to bookmark or otherwise track these kinds of intersecting topics.
I would very much rather “user help” questions did not get included in the packaging category. If subcategories are possible, and a subcategory’s content is kept separate from the main category, that would be fine. A tag that could be applied to posts in the packaging category wouldn’t be, though.
Personally, I don’t have the time (or honestly, the interest in many cases) to deal with general “packaging user” problems, so I’m grateful that the current structure keeps them independent. I can imagine a “packaging help” category might be useful, if there are enough people interested in helping out there.
A specific Packaging tag or subcategory of Python Help would probably best fit the bill if we want to do this, as it wouldn’t clutter either the already-long list with more categories, or Packaging with “Why doesn’t pip install spam work?” (since subcategory posts are still included in the first-level category list) while making it possible for you to subscribe and set notifications specifically for it, for those so inclined. Tags are basically free from an overhead perspective, but users tend to never see more than the top few tags that show up by default in the UI, so perhaps a subcategory is necessary if we really want this.
Interesting. I already saw this, but it didn’t come to mind. I recalled it as a way to make the packaging tutorial foolproof by having insights on all errors that users made while doing it. I don’t know where I got this idea, though. Is it appropriate to ask questions of the more advanced type there?