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I just tried to retag this question with the functional-programming tag, since it clearly relates to that. Imagine my surprise to be told that

sorry, the 'functional-programming' tag is not allowed.

Does this mean that functional-programming is now considered a banned meta-tag? Surely not - this is a style of programming, not a style of question.

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Surely not. There are 1050 questions tagged [functional-programming] and 3185 questions tagged [oop]. [design-patterns] is still a valid tag, as is [oop] – Robert Harvey Aug 25 '10 at 10:57
Hmm..possibly an overly strong reaction [feedback Ban programming as a tag on Stack Overflow ](…)? – dmckee Aug 25 '10 at 11:06
Confirmed, I can't retag [functional] -> [functional-programming]. I wonder if [*programming] or its equivalent was banned when this was implemented? – Bill the Lizard Aug 25 '10 at 11:10
@dmckee: Agree with banning [programming], but not [functional-programming]. – Robert Harvey Aug 25 '10 at 11:11
What about [parallel-programming]? Is that banned too? – ChrisF Aug 25 '10 at 11:31
@ChrisF: Yes, it looks like [parallel-programming] is banned as well. – Bill the Lizard Aug 25 '10 at 12:01
As is [pair-programming] – skaffman Aug 25 '10 at 12:06
@Bill: [ajsskdfhprogramming] and [programmingksdjfhskjfh] also aren't allowed, so it's definitely a match for *programming*. – sth Aug 25 '10 at 19:17
Jeff made the rule more restrictive, so we're back in business. – Bill the Lizard Aug 25 '10 at 22:10
up vote 7 down vote accepted

I would flag your question for moderator attention and see if they can remove [functional-programming] from the blacklist. [functional-programming] does not meet Jeff's criteria for a meta-tag.

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Some of these do meet one criterion for a meta-tag: meaning different things to different people. This would be especially true for [object-oriented-programming], of course. – David Thornley Aug 25 '10 at 15:22

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