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Is the tag necessary? I realise that there are cases where code could result in a blank page, but since a) the tag doesn't have a tag wiki and I don't think there is a way to describe the tag in a way that isn't overly general (or useless), and b) the tags that it's associated with seem like they're somewhat all over the place (I hope my query is correct).

Should it just be left as is or removed? Do superfluous tags like this cause any harm by being left around? It isn't as low-usage as the tags the algorithm takes care of, but I'm still not convinced it has a benefit.

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The blank-page tag wiki is intentionally left blank. – Bill the Lizard Aug 14 '12 at 14:51
@BilltheLizard The question still remains, though. Does the tag serve a purpose? – Ricardo Altamirano Aug 15 '12 at 19:24
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I don't think that tag serves a useful purpose. Nobody follows it, it doesn't have a tag wiki to describe what it's used for, and I can't imagine it being used as a search term or a tag filter. As you pointed out, it's used in conjunction with a wide variety of other tags, so it doesn't look like blank-page is a thing in some specific programming language. It looks like people are just using it to describe a symptom.

It doesn't really do any harm to leave the tag, but removing it would free up a spot on those edited posts for one more meaningful tag. If you edit these tags out, please take a moment to try and think of a meaningful tag to replace it with on each question. (As always, look for other meaningful edits to make.)

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