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People often try to tag with a sentence, so they'll write something like:

java upload problem

...in their tags.

So now there are 56 questions on SO tagged problem, a completely useless tag.

I suggest this tag should be removed from all questions containing it.

When there's a list of banned tags, this should go on it.

(Fighting the urge to tag this question problem...)

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I think this question actually needs the problem tag. ;-) – Dexter Jan 18 '10 at 17:51
I like the "problem" tag and I would also like to propose a few more, such as: "asked-on-stack-overflow", "contains-words" and possibly even the "has-a-tag" tag. – NTDLS Feb 17 '10 at 18:12
Don't forget the question tag. – Bill the Lizard Feb 17 '10 at 21:04
NTDLS, a tautology tag would pretty much cover the lot, don't you think? – Craig Stuntz Feb 18 '10 at 15:14

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up vote 2 down vote accepted
  • warning - 75 questions
  • issue - 81 questions
  • error - 1,792 questions
  • line - 146 (41 are tagged command as well, so that's a different re-tag request)
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Isn't a blacklist supposed to be in the pipeline? It is sorely needed. also see my popular moratorium solution at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/36841/allow-10ks-to-merge-tags/… – nb69307 Feb 17 '10 at 19:45


The problem is, there is a subset of users that have no idea what tags are for.

There's no easy way to fix that problem.

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Actually, there is a bit, deleting the tag from all questions will at least prevent it from being suggested, so they will have to type it fully themselves. – Gnoupi Jan 18 '10 at 15:13
That's just fixing the symptom. It'll just rise up with another word, like 'issue'. – George Stocker Jan 18 '10 at 16:01
+1 There are also 1792 questions tagged with [error]. – Jon Seigel Feb 17 '10 at 18:32

Agreed. There's also the issue of tags like this that have ambiguous meaning.

For example, [exception] could refer to a specific problem someone is having, or to a .NET Exception-related question. That tag, by the way, is used by 1918 questions (fun times sorting that out!).

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