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I just spotted a tag called . The wiki description makes it pretty brief:

This tag is a signal that the answer to this question should NOT contain any javascript as a part of its solution.

This tag wiki is a signal that the tag should NOT exist.

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... Was there actually a need to post this question instead of just silently removing the tag? –  waiwai933 Dec 18 '12 at 7:50
@waiwai933: Considering that it has just received an answer from someone whose question contained the tag, yes. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 18 '12 at 7:50
And if you had not posted this question, would that user have noticed and complained on meta? –  waiwai933 Dec 18 '12 at 7:53
@waiwai933: The user has to be on meta to notice, so chances are he would have posted asking why the tag was removed anyway if I hadn't posted. You know how vocal people can be about getting their tags removed, so you could consider this a preemptive self-post. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 18 '12 at 7:54
You're running a strict tagging ship here guys. I can understand the reasoning behind describing content, but why wouldn't a NON tag be useful, especially when it's very good at filtering? Need more brain power to process? –  CSᵠ Dec 18 '12 at 8:41
Seems like you more-or-less unilaterally burninated a tag, and got +103 rep in the process? It's good to be a moderator ... –  John Dec 18 '12 at 23:06
@John: It's meta rep, so it's irrelevant. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 19 '12 at 2:03

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Somewhat related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/139913/… –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 18 '12 at 7:32
+1 for this cool graphic ... –  NullPoiиteя Dec 18 '12 at 7:47

I actually like it because I don't like code to be run on my machine (or someone else's that has a slow one and the designer doesn't care because 16x multiple core processors is his standard).

Proposal: add to the wiki answer something like This tag is a signal that code in question does NOT contain any javascript as a part of its architecture or that javascript can NOT be used for some reason (eg. very slow CPU, javascript not available, run when javascript disabled)


Questions to consider for meta tags

  1. does it add value? (not taking into account the proposed usage)
  2. is the "damage" greater than the value?


Example of a 'too good' filtering meta-tag

Consider this tags: [number] [not-odd]

[number] question related to numbers - OK

[not-odd] question related to ?? maybe numbers, maybe straight, maybe - ??

[number] [not-odd] question related to numbers that are not odd => even numbers probably - OK

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I don't think you understand what a "meta tag" is and why it's so frowned upon, nor have you clicked the link. Then again, my question was badly-written, so I'm going to rewrite it to make the link more prominent. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 18 '12 at 7:48
true, didn't see that link (contrast and lum on my LCD are bad) but I read the "related" and I think my answer threw some other kind of light on the problem. So even if the circumstances to use it as a single tag are slim, it could still define the content (with the ^ mentioned addition to the description) but intuitively probably –  CSᵠ Dec 18 '12 at 8:10
The thing is that "I'm looking for a solution that does not involve Javascript" isn't a thing that should be a tag. –  Charles Dec 18 '12 at 8:19
What's the desired method of signaling that "I can't use JS" then? –  CSᵠ Dec 18 '12 at 8:22
@Charles: in the web today this would be a perfect example for a tag, not for a "category" but a tag (or a "meta-tag" if you want) –  CSᵠ Dec 18 '12 at 8:23
The way to say that you don't want a solution in Javascript is to not tag the question with any Javascript-related tags and mention in the question body that you don't want a JS solution... and give a reaason for it. Like "this code needs to run in Lynx, so it can't be done using Javascript." –  Charles Dec 18 '12 at 8:26
Interestingly, I intuitively searched for it while tagging the question and was glad. Second best option was to amend the text with something like that @Charles. –  CSᵠ Dec 18 '12 at 8:31
Yes, that is also the most natural way of saying it. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 18 '12 at 8:35

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