This discussion is prompted by this question: Why is the 'newbie' tag not allowed?
There are two reasons for not allowing a
- It is a meta-tag.
- It is often used in a pejorative way.
I'm interested in reason number 2. If a tag is disallowed only for the reason that it might be used in a pejorative way, would it make sense to allow authors to tag their own posts with it? At first glance, it seems to make sense.
[Note that in this particular case, the tag would still be disallowed for being a meta-tag. I'm only using
newbie as an example here, I'm more interested in the general principle. But read on for a discussion on meta-ness.]
However: what would the list of such tags be? Specifically, would such tags necessarily be about the author and not the content of the question an thus automatically be meta-tags?