Lets check this:


Well, someone see the problem? I do. The version specific tags and a bunch of overly general tags are overwhelming us. We are not asking ourself:

Who would filter using it? Who would think this is an expertise area? (source)

and are we creating a bunch of tags that most users doesn't have an expertise. The problem with removing tags is... they are way too many! For some reason I found this in a very old MetaQ:

I don't see how user friendliness enters into it. We're not requiring users know the right tags before they submit questions. Community members can and will add and modify tags as appropriate, just as on other SE sites. The tags aren't for the people asking the question, they're for people answering it, and for people in the future looking for answers to similar questions. Nicholas Knight Aug 1 '10 at 2:54

Which leads me to think, the problem with the tags are that old oaks users don't know or don't care about tags. This will lead to what we've been seeing with the general quality of the site. So the ones in the line of fire:

I know that if our mods had the ability to do this, I would see the world pink... but is grey, stinks and I don't feel comfortable in it. So, can we compile a bunch of tags that everyone is a-OK to feed Trodor?

If you feel that a tag is useful, please, make an answer and explain your case but over anything answer this three questions:

  • Is there already a equivalent tag?
  • Are there users that will follow and answer this tags?
  • Could the tag be misused or create a problem later?
  • Is the tag alone in a question useful in any way?
  • How is installation useless?
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Dec 12, 2013 at 22:40
  • @ThomasW. what you are going to "install"? How? Using apt? Going to the sources? Ubuntu itself? On some pc? There are too many uses of the tag that nobody's going to follow it since whatever comes could be whatever, and tags are supposed to be for the answers find the questions, not the asker describes their question. BTW, SU has the tag but it isn't as general as ours (2.5 k out 200k Q's or 1% vs 11K out 130k or 10%). UL doesn't have it. Correction UL have it in 2 questions.
    – Braiam
    Dec 12, 2013 at 22:47
  • @ThomasW. I stand corrected, Gilles just burminated it. They doesn't want it. The use software-installation and system-installation but in our case the later doesn't make sense, since the only thing to install is Ubuntu D:.
    – Braiam
    Dec 12, 2013 at 22:59
  • @ThomasW. maybe this idea is of your liking meta.askubuntu.com/q/7820/169736
    – Braiam
    Dec 13, 2013 at 1:45
  • @Braiam The only thing to install is not Ubuntu, what about software on Ubuntu?
    – Seth
    Dec 13, 2013 at 1:47
  • @Seth software-installation?
    – Braiam
    Dec 13, 2013 at 1:48
  • On the other hand there is no "shell" tag and apparently no need for it! meta.askubuntu.com/questions/5486/there-is-no-shell-tag
    – haziz
    Dec 24, 2013 at 23:44
  • @haziz well, look for some questions that really need the shell tag, build your case and ask for it to be un-merged.
    – Braiam
    Dec 25, 2013 at 2:41
  • I agree on discussing a tag for theme, something like -appearance-
    – userDepth
    Apr 3, 2017 at 19:01


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