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What a load of :

The C.R.A.P. (Change Risk Analysis and Predictions) index is designed to analyze and predict the amount of effort, pain, and time required to maintain an existing body of code.

This describes questions that would probably not be a good fit for Stack Overflow. Seriously, why does like this exist at all?

Even if was a real topic, which apparently it is, questions about whatever the description refers to — code maintenance and other software metrics — would seem more suited to Programmers than Stack Overflow. But of course, considering that the word itself refers to something that's completely unrelated to programming, and something that would very possibly piss people off, and that it's really not a meaningful tag anyway, I think questions on either site can do without this .

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Something tells me this post is going to go through quite a lot of editing.... –  Bart Feb 3 '13 at 19:55
Although I agree that most CRAP questions would be more suitable for Programmers than Stack Overflow, I don't see what's wrong with the tag. The index might be obscure, but it's real. –  Yannis Feb 3 '13 at 19:56
@Bart, I thought Unicorns were supposed to be rude because they were the weaponized forms of ponies, or something. Vocabulary's not nice in war. –  Frédéric Hamidi Feb 3 '13 at 19:56
@Yannis You might want to rephrase that, or I'll get ready to migrate... –  Bart Feb 3 '13 at 19:57
@Yannis, maybe something a little less risky, like [c-r-a-p]... No, on second thought it looks even worse. –  Frédéric Hamidi Feb 3 '13 at 19:58
I agree; this tag is C.R.A.P. However, as it's only got 6 questions and as you're a mod do you really need meta approval to kerblam it? –  ben is uǝq backwards Feb 3 '13 at 19:59
@Bart There's (currently) only one question, and it can't be migrated, it's older than 60 days. (you've been around long enough to know I won't take any chances when it comes to migrating to ProgSE ;) –  Yannis Feb 3 '13 at 19:59
Two of said questions aren't even about C.R.A.P. So I removed the tag from them. –  J. Steen Feb 3 '13 at 20:01
@ben: At least I'm nice enough to ask unlike some people... –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 3 '13 at 20:05
Could it not be synonymized with the [metrics] tag? –  Bart Feb 3 '13 at 20:06
@Bart I really don't think creating a synonym silently changing "crap" to anything else is a good idea. Also it's pretty funny that the only editing so far is on the blam reference. –  badp Feb 3 '13 at 20:09
I think the real question is: If the tag is legit, what will you do when Lance Roberts changes everything to c**p? –  Lorem Ipsum Feb 3 '13 at 20:21
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@Bart It's not exactly hard to imagine "crap" being used to mean "poo" by newer users who are confused about the tagging system. Already today the tag was "mysteriously" applied to two other questions that had nothing to do with CRAP, as J. Steen reports. –  badp Feb 3 '13 at 20:38
@badp Whether it erroneously remains [crap] or gets retagged to [metrics], a cleanup would be needed in either case. I don't really see tag abuse as a reason not to make the synonym. We could of course implement a popup asking if they meant c.r.a.p. or poo, but that would be one step too far imho. ;) –  Bart Feb 3 '13 at 20:41

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Looking at what C.R.A.P refers to, it seems to relate to software metrics. And guess what.. we have a tag already on Stack Overflow.

Given that C.R.A.P. does not seem to be significant enough to warrant its own tag, why not synonymize the two? Users who legitimately want to tag their question related to C.R.A.P. (even if that might not be a great fit for SO) would end up with a relevant tag.

Added bonus is of course that others can no longer add the tag for less serious purposes.

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Just noticed we have code-metrics too, wouldn't you know it. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 3 '13 at 20:19
Gah, and here I was actually surprises we didn't already have software-metrics. –  Bart Feb 3 '13 at 20:20
If you're going after metrics there's also website-metrics and quality-metrics (which has a CRAP question)... –  ben is uǝq backwards Feb 3 '13 at 20:22
Yeah, I can't agree with a synonym, with only four questions and chances are, people wanting to use it for something other than the metric, better to just edit the four questions and let the tag drift away (lest people misappropriate it). –  casperOne Feb 4 '13 at 2:46
@casperOne Fair enough, retag it to metrics (or something else appropriate) and let it be gone. –  Bart Feb 4 '13 at 6:34
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Blam this piece of !

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Keep it, but rename it to or something similar. It's still anyway — it's right in the name, for 's sake!

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mental note: Rename that super seekrit project I'm working on to something terribly offensive, and flood SO with questions about it when it's finally released (6-8 weeks). –  Yannis Feb 3 '13 at 20:04
I suggest renaming it to something more polite instead. FECES: "Forecasted Explosions Caused by Evolution in Software." –  badp Feb 3 '13 at 20:41
@Yannis could you make it worse than Brainfuck? –  murgatroid99 Feb 3 '13 at 23:24

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