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There are lots of requests popping up to blacklist meta tags. Could we get a feature for 10K users to propose and vote on tags for the blacklist? (And, maybe, to un-blackist tags, too).

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possible duplicate of Implement a Tag Black List –  Jon Seigel Aug 17 '10 at 16:55
    
@Jon - that request is [status-completed], but does not include the functionality I am suggesting. –  user27414 Aug 17 '10 at 17:02
    
@Jon: 4th paragraph: "However for 10k moderators a voting process will be put in place to add a tag to the blacklist." –  Jon Seigel Aug 17 '10 at 17:16
    
@Jon - OK - it wasn't clear to me that it's officially planned. –  user27414 Aug 17 '10 at 17:19
    
It certainly doesn't seem planned, based on that thread –  Michael Mrozek Aug 17 '10 at 17:29
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@Michael @Jon maybe someone in the know could either close this as a dupe, change it to [status-planned] or at least clarify the matter for us. –  user27414 Aug 17 '10 at 17:34

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I'm putting this in an answer so I don't make a ridiculously long comment.

With regards to the other question, this part of the feature request was definitely [status-declined], but Jeff put [status-completed] on the question because they have a back-end sort of tool for it.

Regardless of my comment on Jeff's answer, I've mostly come around to his thinking on this. It really is a dangerous thing to be blacklisting tags.

However, I think it's reasonable that moderators (diamond mods) should be able to manipulate that system, for one simple and very important reason: moderators are the highest level of authority with domain knowledge for the site (in the general case). The fact is that having a moderator delegate to a developer is an unnecessary extra step, because in most cases, the developer can't validate the request anyway. (Now that I think about it, how would this process work for the new Stack Exchange sites?)

What form would a moderator-only system take? It could be a proposal/voting system with a low quorum (say, two mods have to agree to add/remove a tag to/from the blacklist), or it could simply be a list. But I definitely think mods should be able to manipulate this system.

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The big game changer that happened since that original post was that we are now anti-meta-tags. There are limitless meta-tag possibilities, which I think require a more available system to manage. –  user27414 Aug 17 '10 at 18:00
    
@Jon: Agreed, but I still don't think that's a job for 10k's. Diamond mods seems like the best balance, to me at least. Moreover, "we" does not mean Stack Exchange sites. If those sites want to have meta-tags, that's that community's decision. –  Jon Seigel Aug 17 '10 at 21:40
    
at a minimum, what about a way for xxx-rep users to propose a tag ban? That way we don't have to have countless MSO questions about it. –  user27414 Aug 17 '10 at 22:27
    
@Jon: I think this kind of proposal needs to have discussion/justification attached. With tag synonyms, you can see immediately why a synonym is proposed (at least most of the time). But with an ambiguous tag, for example, even if the questions are already cleaned up, it's not obvious why that tag would be proposed for blacklisting. –  Jon Seigel Aug 18 '10 at 0:10

Please allow us to vote up or down, not just approval.

It's so frustrating not to have down arrows when you have up arrows.

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Why do you have to be so negative? :) –  user27414 Aug 17 '10 at 16:29
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I bring balance to the force. :) –  Lance Roberts Aug 17 '10 at 16:30

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