It seems a bit of a meta tag to me.

But I can also see some desire to keep it (I have used it myself!)

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I think so. The reasoning is multi-faceted.

The people that follow it either know, or know people that know (I suspect there are about 10 people in that tag with the majority of the answers).

It's a simple way to consolidate programming related questions (we're not SO, we shouldn't have a python, c++, c, etc set of tags).

It's a great way for a tag search to zero in on new questions that should be closed as OT.

  • I would say the python tag (currently with 499 questions) is perfectly on topic (depending on whether the question is Ubuntu-y)
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  • I'm a python fan too, it's just context. Most questions tagged as 'python' are more sysadmin scripts than programming questions imo as they should be Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 6:59

It might be called , but what it really is is a tag for ubuntu-the-platform.

It tends to cover the intersection of packaging, programming, and process (like quickly, etc.) It's been tremendously active during the app contest, I think it's one of our best tags, snif.

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