One of the most overly used tags in the site is . In almost every case, there are many other tags which are far more descriptive.

All 303 questions using that tag aside, I believe the tag should be purged and blacklisted. I would like everyone else's opinion, however this is a very strong recommendation.

enter image description here

Related Threads:


2 Answers 2


Burn it down as deserved, most issues that contain errors will be associated with it and the tag does not help sorting out specifically what is the issue about.

I mean will be used for , , , and other more. What kind of separation or usefulness does it provide?

Does anyone really subscribe to as one of their favorite tags?

  • I don't have it as a favorite tag, but I do have the RSS feed in Google Reader. :P (then again, I have all sorts of weird tags in RSS so thats not really an indicator of anything)
    – jrg
    Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 12:23
  • 4
    @jrg so thats not really an indicator of anything > Just like the tag then ;) Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 12:25

note: I'm playing devils advocate here, because while I partially agree with this, I also think the tag is bad.

While I agree that it is a bad tag, I like it to some extent, because most of the questions in that tag are actually bugs, and thus off-topic.

Its almost childs play to stop bugs/off-topic stuff when we have a tag that 90% of off-topic questions are going to use.

  • 1
    Doesn't that equate to the definition of a 'meta tag' in the sense that its purpose does not exist? in theory, having a tag that consists of questions which can work in 30 thousand other tags, is bad form, even if it does help catch offtopic questions.
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 1:49
  • @ThomasWard In theory yes. However, we can edit those that don't belong there and aren't off-topic, but I'm all in favor of keeping it around if we can kill off-topic stuff easily - because to be blunt, we can't stop it from getting on the site in the first place, and as I said, having it in one place will help. A lot.
    – jrg
    Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 1:55
  • just to point out, this already has two upvotes, so i think there's more people who agree with me on this :P
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 3:00
  • 2
    One is mine, and I up voted because I think it's a good question that needs to be hashed out. I'm merely offering my point of view. :)
    – jrg
    Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 3:04

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .