Should we favor tags for specific age ranges like [toddlers] or [teens] over a general tag like [age-specific]? Since tagging a question with an age range implies an age-specific question, does it ever make sense to use a general tag like [age-specific]? What would the age range tags look like?
I think the age range tags are more useful than an "age-specific" tag would be, especially given the ability to favorite or ignore tags. Folks with expertise in a given age range can set the site up to focus on what they know and de-emphasize what they're not interested in.
I would suggest the following set:
- premature ( <0 months — ~0 months?)
babies born prematurely before they catch up with "normal"
- newborn (birth — ~3months)
for that "4th trimester" time
- infant (~3months — ~2 years)
that awesome time in between newborn and toddler
- toddler (~2 years — ~3 years)
omg, they're mobile!
- pre-schooler (~3 years — ~5 years)
starting on school skills
- primary-schooler (~5 years — ~8 years)
in school now
- middle schooler (~8 years — ~11 years)
been in school for a little while now
- pre-teen (~11 years — ~14 years)
10 going on 20
- teen (~13 years — ~19 years)
yeah, they still need parenting, even if they don't think so
- adult-child (~17 years and up)
They may technically be a "adult" now, but they're still your baby.
Anyone have a preference on singular vs plural? I wrote them up as singular, but I see 'toddlers' is used slightly more than 'toddler' so far for example. We can always set one as the synonym of the other, so both can be entered, the system will just pick one as the canonical representation.
Just to note: the above are all in place now. (pending some approvals and synonym creation by various moderators.)