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I searched through Meta to see if this had been discussed, and with no returns that were relevant, here we go.

To cut to the chase, it seems that the tag should be removed. Questions I see with this tag are usually off-topic or should be sent to Programmers SE. The list contains tons of closed questions, and, well... there's careers.stackexchange.com. Seems like there's no need for this tag to exist, at least that I can see.

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Hmm. That's a perfectly valid and correct tag for these completely off-topic questions. Not sure I support wholesale removal, unless the questions themselves were deleted. –  Michael Petrotta Sep 5 '11 at 1:04
Can we simply blacklist it for new questions? –  Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 5 '11 at 1:06
@Michael Petrotta I'd assume they were just closed since I was able to view them. I d wonder though that if someone that came here with that question in mind saw that it was a valid tag, it would validate that those type of questions were valid to ask on SO? Dont' know how many question askers think that way though. –  canadiancreed Sep 5 '11 at 1:06
No, what I mean is I don't support deleting the tag unless we delete the questions themselves at the same time. Paŭlo's suggestion is better, though. –  Michael Petrotta Sep 5 '11 at 1:08
@Michael Petrotta It would be a good preventative measure from having the amount increase at the very least. –  canadiancreed Sep 5 '11 at 1:10
I just doled out 30+ close votes, can somebody please join? Most of these don't belong anywhere. Some are really good and could find a home on Programmers. –  user7116 Sep 22 '11 at 17:22
See also [jobs], everyone. –  Pops Sep 22 '11 at 18:01

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I'm in favor of closing/deleting the questions with this tag.

However, they should not be migrated to Programmers in a wholesale fashion. Remember that Programmers is about questions which apply to all programmers, not to all careers. See this post on Meta.Programmers.

Take a look at the status of the [job-hunting] tag there; 8/25 questions are closed. If any of the PSE people want these questions, they should go through the tag on SO and flag for migration.

Tag blacklists are usually used because the tag is bad, not because questions which use the tag are off-topic. After this tag is cleaned up, we should then wait and see if we get new questions - Are the existing warnings about on-topic questions sufficient to stop people asking job-hunting questions? If not, I suppose a case could be made to blacklist the tag. But we're not there yet.

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Programmers also has [job-searching] and a bunch of job-hunting questions hiding in the [career] and [jobs] tags. Yeah, we got a slight tagging problem. =) Either way, you're absolutely right -- migrating these questions to Programmers en masse would be a mistake. At best, they should be individually considered. –  Anna Lear Sep 22 '11 at 17:18
I just voted to close most of them, there were a handful that were really nice and likely could find a good home on Programmers, like this one: stackoverflow.com/questions/214357/… –  user7116 Sep 22 '11 at 17:22
The problem with that question is that it's old, and Programmers (like all 2.0 sites that I'm aware of) hates it when posts that predate it get migrated to it. –  Pops Sep 22 '11 at 18:00

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