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Does the tag serve any purpose? I mean, the one here on Meta, not Stack Overflow.

  • It smells like a meta tag
  • It only has 17 questions
  • It's use is not clearly visible from the asked questions

Should it be removed?

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Fixed the tag link for you –  ChrisF Sep 8 '11 at 9:14
    
Hey cool, didn't know that. Thank you! –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 8 '11 at 9:19
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Well, yes it serves to document and tag the various algorithms that are behind several of StackExchange's features. Some examples of proper usage:

  1. Frontpage content algorithm
  2. Badges algorithm details
  3. What algorithm does StackOverflow use to determine if a question may be subjective?
  4. What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions?

Unfortunately, there are other shitty questions mixed in with the rest and those should be torched.

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Should we set the tag wiki to reflect that and provide some guidance for the future? –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 8 '11 at 9:28
    
Yeah, that wouldn't be a bad idea. –  Lorem Ipsum Sep 8 '11 at 14:16
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