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I'm complaining about the growth of jQuery tagged questions at Stack Overflow. There are so many people who ask, 'How to implement a specific plugin?' or 'How to use that plugin?' which makes me kind of sick.

IMO: If you tag a question to jQuery, JavaScript or C, it should be a question about the language itself and not some 'goofy' little plugin. Best case scenario, tag those questions with jquery-plugins.

I just realized that trend and I'm really interested in other opinions about that.

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Belongs on meta.stackoverflow.com, voted to transfer. Meta's not really a good place to "complain" about anything, though ;-) –  Andy E May 5 '10 at 7:07
An understandable gripe - maybe for the community wiki though? –  David Neale May 5 '10 at 7:08

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You should totally drop that and use jQuery instead.

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You have over 500 rep on SO. Are you doing your part to help keep things tidy?

This is more a human problem than anything. The more questions you correct (the owners are notified that their question was edited), the more people will learn how to properly tag their questions. This reduces clutter in the future, and if those users realize the importance of tagging their questions correctly, hopefully they will help organize the site as well.

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Reputation can decrease? –  Kenny Evitt May 21 '10 at 1:56
@Kenny: I don't understand what you're referring to? –  Jon Seigel May 21 '10 at 12:37
I don't know whether you understand! But in you case you still don't, I was asking whether site rep could decrease (which I now know it can). –  Kenny Evitt May 26 '10 at 13:00
@Kenny: Yes. There are many ways it can decrease: downvoting (-1), being downvoted (-2), having a post flagged as spam or offensive (-2 each, if 6 of these accumulate on one post, there is an additional -100 penalty), setting a bounty (between -50 and -500). I think that's all of them. A rep recalc may lower your rep as well, but technically that isn't a decrease in rep -- it's more like a reset. Does that answer your question? –  Jon Seigel May 26 '10 at 13:27

What we need is jquerulous.com, a new site just for them.

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That is not actually such a bad idea. –  perbert May 5 '10 at 14:44
I'd upvote (if I could) for the name alone! –  Kenny Evitt May 21 '10 at 1:57

"If you tag a question to jQuery, JavaScript or C, it should be a question about the language itself and not some 'goofy' little plugin."

jQuery isn't a language. It doesn't have a syntax of its own. So a question about how to implement a jQuery plugin is a question about jQuery. Sure lots of coders could get by quite happily using jQuery without ever writing a plugin, but still.

Having said that, I would expect the term "plugin" to appear in the question title and/or in the first sentence of the question body - thus making that information visible from the question list so that people not interested in plugins can ignore such questions.

And having said that, I have no objection to a jquery-plugins tag. For a "non-programming" question along the lines of "Is there a jQuery plugin that does x?" using a jquery-plugins tag but not the jquery tag makes sense.

If anything, I think the jquery tag is overused for the type of question where the OP has made a basic JavaScript syntax error but because they happened to be using jQuery at the time they assumed jQuery caused the problem and tagged their question with jquery but not with javascript.

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