# New tag for ethics? Or is there already a tag which can be used?

There are some questions on site which are also about professional ethics. Some examples: Ethics of publishing covariate matrix, Likert Scale - Treatment of Neutral or Mid-Point of 5-Pt Scale (and others)

Should we make a new tag ethics for this, or is there already some tag which includes this? I thought that could be used, maybe. Thoughts?

• To me careers does not hint at ethics, so a new tag sounds fine to me. – Nick Cox Sep 23 '19 at 8:18
• I have conflicting feelings about this, so I'm writing a comment and not an answer. On the one hand, I think that modern statistical methods can be extremely dangerous if they are unmoored from a sense of ethics and social responsibility, and I think that ethics in statistics should be a core part of a statistical education. On the other hand, I don't know how well-suited stats.SE is to provide ethical advice; a question mainly about ethics in statistics would fall outside of how I understand on-topic questions. – Sycorax says Reinstate Monica Sep 24 '19 at 3:13
• Ethics can have very different specific meanings in statistics. This includes topics such as medical ethics, in which we have a well defined goal of minimizing harm to test subjects, influence of social biases into ML models and p-hacking are three totally different and largely unrelated statistical ethics topics. – Cliff AB Sep 24 '19 at 3:27
• How to preserve confidentiality in handling data and results is one of several areas in which an ethical imperative is clear and the discussion is all about how to do it. For such questions a tag would make sense and a thread need not get mired in moral philosophy. – Nick Cox Sep 25 '19 at 7:26
• In my opinion, a lot of posts that would get the "ethics" tag should be posted in academia.stackexchange.com or workplace.stackexchange.com. – TrynnaDoStat Sep 26 '19 at 18:53
• You can add a tag, but the real questions to me are will it take off in terms of people using it and people searching for it? Naturally the same applies to any tag. My small principle is that if a tag does harm. people will notice and raise an issue. As the most obvious person for tag editing is yourself, Kjetil, I would say try it. – Nick Cox Sep 30 '19 at 15:38