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Should I remove tags which don't seem appropriate?
When are question tags irrelevant and should be removed?

Consider this question:

What are reasonable underlying implementations of virtual or dynamic dispatch?

The user added tags C++, Java, and C# to his language neutral question, simply to get followers of those tags to look at his question.

Is this reasonable or should such tags be nuked?

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Of course they should be removed; they don't describe the question. This sort of "publicity stunt" is borderline abusive. I'm pretty sure this has been asked before on MSO, searching now.... –  Pops Nov 24 '11 at 6:03
    
@PopularDemand: Done. –  Billy ONeal Nov 24 '11 at 6:04
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Meh, too tired to find the exact duplicate, but here are three similar posts with the same general point: Should I remove tags which don't seem appropriate?, Should imprecise tags be removed? and When are question tags irrelevant and should be removed?. –  Pops Nov 24 '11 at 6:11

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Whether or not it is appropriate is a judgment call in some cases, but perhaps the useful question to ask is:

Would someone following this tag be interested in this question?

If yes, then the tag is fine.

If no, remove it.

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Perhaps we need a tag named 'meta-language' or something that describes the fact you need advice on the best way to do something, but need help deciding which technique. It could even be 'meta-language-C-like' and 'meta-language-script-like'. Perhaps there's something out there like this already.....just a thought. –  Pete855217 Nov 24 '11 at 9:38

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