is something we all use, unless you want to specifically refer to (as in, I dont have a desktop, this is a server) most questions will be directly related to it.

That renders the tag useless to anyone following it. It, by usage, proves to be useless to exist. Still many users use it to describe the most awesome issues with their systems and it proves hard to keep track and clean all the posts in the site that use it.

I want the community to think about and let us know your opinion on blacklisting permanently the tag.

Do you think it is useful, or do you find any need to keep it around? Or can we blacklist this so we have no more need to keep on cleaning it?

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    I vote for blacklisting it. Nov 21, 2012 at 21:38
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    From orbit ... it's the only way to be sure. Nov 21, 2012 at 22:50
  • 2
    It's only 365 questions... :) Nov 22, 2012 at 0:13
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    It looks like the desktop tag got recreated a couple of days ago. Dec 19, 2012 at 6:46
  • @maggotbrain it was not blacklisted, only cleaned. If you see it, edit the posts and remove it! :) thx Dec 19, 2012 at 11:47

2 Answers 2


I could kinda see this working specifically for questions on "desktop environments" - but obviously those are the minority.


I've removed the tag - if it re-appears, we can blacklist it.

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    We've got desktop-environments already, which seems to cover that. Nov 24, 2012 at 17:24
  • It has reappeared. desktop
    – Seth
    Apr 20, 2013 at 22:08
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    And now it's blacklisted, @Seth.
    – Shog9
    Apr 20, 2013 at 22:34
  • Thank you very much @Shog9!
    – Seth
    Apr 20, 2013 at 22:34

Let's Do It.

echo desktop|sudo tee -a /etc/stackexchange/askubuntu/config/tags/blacklist

It appears that it is too meta and adds not much information, if at all any, to the question. There should be no harm in blacklisting it.

  • Thanks @ObsessiveFOSS! Thats reasonable.
    – Mahesh
    Nov 23, 2012 at 12:48
  • Geeky answer :p
    – Tachyons
    Nov 24, 2012 at 14:31
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    sudo echo >> is unlikely to do what you want it to do. ;)
    – Jim Salter
    Nov 25, 2012 at 21:53
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    Ah that, yes. the echo runs as root but the redirection is done by bash, which simply complains Error: you need supercow powers to do that.
    – Mahesh
    Nov 26, 2012 at 7:24

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