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The tag with no summary wiki on Stack Overflow is linked to (1,232 / 1,164 / 1,052 / 996 / 705 / 652 / 474 / 335 ) 178 questions. Close is a general term, and it is not specific to any technology term that it can stand on its own.

Most questions tagged with this are related to the browser close event or function, close icon, close server etc. Indeed it is not correct tag to filter the question.

Can we burninate it?


The somewhat related has about 160-odd questions and no wiki entry. It looks like another plausible candidate for burnination.

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How about we close all 1075 [close] questions first, just to troll whoever created it? –  Yannis Apr 17 '13 at 11:07
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Right now there are 4 people following [close]. Can some mod find out who they are and ask them what value it has? (Or, what in the world they're thinking being subscribed such a useless tag.) –  blahdiblah Apr 17 '13 at 19:16
    
@Yannis I thinks thats a good idea... bcoz 3 new question added –  Zaheer Ahmed Apr 18 '13 at 6:52
    
Wild guess: closing streams and sockets? Sbd fill the wiki and make it clear for future questions? –  Dariusz Jun 12 '13 at 7:11
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@Dariusz: That's a joke? –  Time Traveling Bobby Jun 12 '13 at 7:38
    
Nope; it's the same for multiple very unclear tags, like open. Look at seek or search. These two are also very general, but when they had their description filled they became meaningful. Right now questions tagged with close have nothing in common, but if you specify what this tag is about it will no longer be so. –  Dariusz Jun 12 '13 at 7:46
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@Dariusz: That assumes that people read the tag wikis...also, tags should be able to stand without their wikis, and without the wiki I'd not be able to determine what "close" is supposed to be all about (closing applications?!). But to come back to my first reason against this, I like your optimism that people will read the wiki...but people even fail to read the most basic descriptions, error messages and what not (not to mention using that search field first). –  Time Traveling Bobby Jun 12 '13 at 8:07
    
@m.NightDemonbobby that's other people's problem. Should we forbid using the close tag because some people may use it wrongly? That's a philosphical question very popular nowadays, i.e. regarding frearms laws. Anyway, IMO the tag should have its description filled and be kept. –  Dariusz Jun 12 '13 at 8:20
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Not the most apt metaphor, the SE "constitution" is more encouraging of tags being well regulated and I'm not convinced the close tag actually serves a purpose, it's too vague. –  Amicable Jun 12 '13 at 8:36
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Some may consider tag burning unpatriotic, I don't. –  Amicable Jun 12 '13 at 8:37
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What we SHOULD do is burninate the use of the "word" burninate, because not only is it lame, it's not even a real word. It's definitely not a cool as the word "Pwned", nor did it ever become part of any vernacular. –  Johnny Bones Sep 3 '13 at 14:05
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I've created a wiki revision stating not to use [close] tag. Feel free to close any questions with [close] tags, they've somehow asked for that ^^ –  Łukasz 웃 L ツ Dec 9 '13 at 7:54
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I think is a great replacement for Questions related to file handling.

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I don't see close relate to file-io. –  Zaheer Ahmed Dec 8 '13 at 19:45
    
A lot of those questions have to do with closing files. –  Tshepang Dec 8 '13 at 20:59
    
@Tshepang Yup, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw "close". –  ValekHalfHeart Dec 9 '13 at 21:19
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Some of the questions relate to file I/O; many more relate to closing windows or forms. I've removed a lot of close tags; I've added a few file-io tags, but not many. –  Jonathan Leffler Dec 10 '13 at 4:28
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I agree that close is too vague to be useful and vote to burminate it.

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Dunno you, but it's still used:

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I'm sure even putting the entire wiki in caps won't help... –  Jamal Dec 31 '13 at 0:35
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It looks like tag is used for any problem that includes closing like:

It seems users used this tag unconsciously, adding it to questions that are not about a specific language/application/framework but any problem about clossure of something.

I guess it is better to remove tag from those questions then burninate the tag, since tag do not belong to any specific topic. I am not sure why people following it decided to do so since it covers topics which have no relation with each other, unless they are professionals on closure of anything that can be closed.

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Following the discussion I decided to stand firm on my opinion on the matter and post it as an answer.

I think that the tag should have it's description filled, so that it is obvious what the tag is about, like covers closing files, sockets and streams.

That way, in the future, people can read what the tag is about before they add it to their question and the tag will have some meaning. As of right now - it has none.

Same goes with tag, which IMO should be about opening files, sockets or streams.

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The problem here, is that with tags like open it's being used for things other than that frequently, such as facebook's open graph, opencv, opengl, and more. By having tags who's name is ambiguous, you end up with a situation in which people will blindly assign tags to their questions, because no one reads tag wikis. –  Richard J. Ross III Jun 12 '13 at 16:01
    
@RichardJ.RossIII why do you all claim noone reads tag wikis? Why such negative assumptions? I read them. I have no reason to think other people don't. –  Dariusz Jun 12 '13 at 16:03
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Case in point: disambiguate the arc tag?. Even when wikis exist, people simply abuse the tagging system, it has been shown time and time again. –  Richard J. Ross III Jun 12 '13 at 16:06
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@Dariusz Despite efforts to fix the problem, tag wikis and descriptions are pretty high on the list of 'content that not many discover'. It seems perfectly natural to you to find it, but .. many don't. Part of it is a rather heightened sense of urgency when new users ask questions, the other 3/4 of it is we do a rather bad job making them visible enough. We're just not quite sure how to fix that. –  Tim Post Dec 7 '13 at 20:11
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