Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

Let's say that a user with the ability to make tags makes a rather poor choice and creates an entirely off topic post (motivation).
Let's say that they create and attach tags called [Kittens] and [Rainbows].
Neither of these tags are useful in anyway, so their mere existence poisons the tag pool, and obviously they should be removed.
Here comes the question, since the question must have a tag, what tag should we keep there if both tags should be deleted?

share|improve this question
Doesn't it become [untagged] if all tags are deleted? – kennytm Aug 12 '10 at 20:22
kittehs iz alwuz on topik. – David Thornley Aug 12 '10 at 20:23
@Kenny: you can't actually remove all tags in the normal UI. You can however add the "untagged" tag explicitly.. – Shog9 Aug 12 '10 at 20:27
@KennyTM it wants a tag – James Aug 12 '10 at 20:27
@Shog9 I really hope that tag is temporary and doesn't start getting used to get around tagging stuff – Michael Mrozek Aug 12 '10 at 22:01
@Michael: it's an artifact of the [subjective] removal. A number of people still go through it periodically and retag / close / delete as-needed. I suspect it'll be blacklisted eventually... – Shog9 Aug 12 '10 at 22:41
up vote 9 down vote accepted

If there is no appropriate tag to be applied on a question, the question doesn't belongs on Stack Overflow. It should be closed and/or deleted, not retagged.

share|improve this answer
Boy, did i pick a bad day to burn through all my close votes... – Shog9 Aug 12 '10 at 20:26
Boy do i wish i had some close votes for the abomination that is my motivating question – James Aug 12 '10 at 20:28
You can flag post for moderator attention if they need to be closed/deleted. Moderator can close them too and they don't have limit per day. – HoLyVieR Aug 12 '10 at 20:34
@James: I just supplied the last close vote. Now if I just remember to hunt it down and vote to delete.... – David Thornley Aug 12 '10 at 20:42
@David: Too late. Looks like Marc just got there. – mmyers Aug 12 '10 at 21:30
@mmyers: Hey, my name's on the voted-to-close list. Not to mention it's been taken out permanently by a diamond mod, so I don't have to remember to track it down later. – David Thornley Aug 13 '10 at 13:57

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .