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http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/expert - 18 questions, most of which are "discussiony" topics. There's no real reason for this tag to exist.

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+1 From me - the tag is useless. I never knew oblivion had bowels. If we threw millions of gallons of laxative into oblivion, what would happen? – Tim Post Jul 30 '10 at 12:13
I don't know what'd be produced, but I wouldn't want to parse it with regular expressions. – Andrew Grimm Jul 30 '10 at 12:16
I had marked this as [status-completed] but I changed my mind. I removed the existing instances of the tag, but we should probably add it to the blacklist or come up with a synonym for it before this is really complete. Just for reference, there was only 1 question of the 18 that I retagged to [expert-systems]. – Bill the Lizard Jul 30 '10 at 13:13
@Bill: Make sure you don't ban it from meta, in case people want to discuss expert sex changes. – Andrew Grimm Jul 30 '10 at 13:23

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Yet another meta-tag, now banned as a matter of policy.


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Yay. Should we keep our eye out for other meta-tags and report them on the relevant meta site? – Andy E Aug 10 '10 at 10:14

Fair enough that "expert" attracts "discussiony" topics, considering that Jon Skeet has a silver "beginner" badge. It's a topsy turvy world out there!

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It's not like he doesn't have enough badges though. Take it away, he won't miss it! – Andy E Jul 30 '10 at 12:19
@Andy - He'd keep the badge even if we completely eradicate the tag. – Tim Post Jul 30 '10 at 12:20
@Andy: When you can snatch the badge away from his hand, it will be time for you to leave. – Andrew Grimm Jul 30 '10 at 12:21
@Tim: yeah, but would it hurt to take it? :p – Andy E Jul 30 '10 at 12:29
@Andy: No, you'd probably go unconscious immediately. – Andrew Grimm Jul 30 '10 at 12:34
@Andy - Its not Jon you have to worry about, its the pony that is unscrupulous. – Tim Post Jul 30 '10 at 13:06
I was wrong, five people actually earned it. Ironic that some of our top experts appear to have earned a silver badge for being a beginner <sigh>: stackoverflow.com/badges/121/beginner – Tim Post Jul 30 '10 at 13:14
@Tim: it is ironic, considering that non-specialist badges are like labels applied to you (Altruist, Electorate, etc). – Andy E Jul 30 '10 at 13:26

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