Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 155 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

Seriously, there's 403 questions tagged [advice] on Stack Overflow, 79 SU, 24 SF. It must be a contender for the most useless tag ever.

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Shadow Wizard, Martijn Pieters, random, Monica Cellio, rene Jul 16 '14 at 16:04

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave these specific reasons:

  • "The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the circumstances affecting the asker have rendered it obsolete. If you encounter a similar problem, please post a new question." – random, Monica Cellio, rene
  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – Shadow Wizard, Martijn Pieters
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Agree. The very picture of a meta tag ..

How can you tell you’re using a meta-tag? It’s easier than you might think.

  1. If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question. Meta-tags, like [beginner], [subjective], and [best-practices], are useless by themselves — they tell you nothing at all about the content of the question.

  2. If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. In a cruel, ironic twist, the meaning of the tag [subjective] itself … is actually subjective. Ditto for [best-practices] and [beginner]. Best practices to whom? Beginner by what criteria? These tags are impossible to define by anything remotely resembling an objective metric. In comparison, the the meaning of tags like [java], [c#], and [javascript] are crystal clear to all but the nuttiest of nutbags.

... burninating it now.

share|improve this answer
1  
Bah, I got sworded :-( – Andy E Sep 16 '10 at 9:32
    
while I agree [advice] is a poor tag, why not just make it so meta-tags can only be added after one or more tags are added? that way you can have the best of both worlds. meta-tags are not useless. – timepilot Sep 17 '10 at 17:52

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