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This site is full of meta tags. Now the meta tags are discouraged, how will things work here?

The meta tags I am talking about are:

  • feature-request
  • discussion
  • support
  • bug
  • status-XXXXX
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Oh well, I guess we'll just have to burn Meta down. I'm planting the explosives and setting the timer for 10 minutes. Get out or go down with the ship! – gnostradamus Aug 11 '10 at 16:06

This is the meta-website. Specifically set up to deal with the meta-subjects. At least until we launch ...
First of all the link you mentioned ( refers to, not was specifically created with the intention of supporting and administrating stackoverflow. The meta-tags you have shown above are necessary for the adequate response to each question by moderators, meta-users, and the devteam. The content of meta.stackoverflow is intended to cover meta-topics, without which, the site would not exist. Since meta-tags help the process, they are still here

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meta already has the meta-meta tag. So we're recursively meta. – user27414 Aug 11 '10 at 15:13
@Jon B but what about the meta-meta-meta tag? – James Aug 11 '10 at 15:16
Still, even if this is meta site, the questions have a content, (the content would be meta on SO, but it is not meta here). The widely used tags I have listed as examples are clearly meta here, as they are not related to the content of the question, they describe the nature of the question instead, and therefore are meta-tags here and should be discouraged. As probably most people can see those meta tags are very useful, this means meta-tags server some useful role and eradicating them completely is not very wise. QED – Suma Aug 11 '10 at 15:17
@Suma The flaw in this logic is that the nature of the Meta site is different than the corresponding parent site. For example, discussion questions are not a good idea on the parent site, but on the Meta it's a very useful aspect of the process and quite encouraged. Yes, we use the same Q&A engine to support the Meta, but that doesn't make the same set of rules that apply on the parent site have to apply to the Meta site, nor vice versa. – Grace Note Aug 11 '10 at 15:22
@Suma: Nobody is talking about eradicating these tags from MSO. As you said, they're "very useful" here. However, meta tags on the main sites aren't at all useful. In fact, a lot of them encouraged "bad behavior" like posting subjective questions and expecting the [subjective] tag to work as a shield from closing, or editing the [beginner] tag into a question that was posted by someone you don't know. – Andy E Aug 11 '10 at 15:24
@James, I don't think you edited enough meta into the answer :p – Andy E Aug 11 '10 at 15:30
@Andy E's Head my 'ctrl-b' fingers hurt... – James Aug 11 '10 at 15:33
@Suma also, i would appreciate it if you did not use QED when your argument does not make sense logically. – James Aug 11 '10 at 15:36
Slightly off topic, and it may just be me, but is the phrase "meta-tags" being used wrongly? Meta- is a pompous prefix used to indicate a concept which is an abstraction from another concept. Meta-stackoverflow is a Q&A site for questions about a Q&A site. Metaprogramming is writing computer programs that write other programs. A metacompiler is a compiler that creates compilers. So logically meta-tags should be "tags that apply to tags", not "a particular subset of tags". Unless we're redefining meta- and it now means something like "subjective"? – MarkJ Aug 11 '10 at 15:58

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