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I've just edited out fivesix instances.

While I'd be happy to see such questions go, if we've going to allow the questions the tag seems less meta than some. Otherwise we need to blacklist this variant as well.


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I think these banned tags are pointless. More and more will keep popping up, it's just like an obscenity filter. –  NullUserException อ_อ Sep 21 '10 at 19:04
Just like "newbie" was popping up to replace "beginner" –  NullUserException อ_อ Sep 21 '10 at 19:05
@NullUser: Yep. And the variants will violate our tagging best practices (heh!) to boot... –  dmckee Sep 21 '10 at 19:05
(cough)...(cough)... Should some “forbidden” tags still have an active tag wiki and tag synonyms? ...(cough)... –  gnostradamus Sep 21 '10 at 19:32
b3$7-pr@ct1c3z –  user27414 Sep 21 '10 at 20:46
@Null: So what you're saying is that instead of relying on a filter, we should just actively turf users who abuse the tag system? I completely agree. –  Aarobot Sep 22 '10 at 3:36

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It was a bad idea to get rid of the . It is exactly the tag that should be applied to best-practice posts. So, for example; if someone wants to get best practices for embedding youtube code, then they can search on youtube and .

Related Post: Why is the best-practices tag not allowed on SO any more?

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Yes, the fanatical hunting down of meta tags is getting a bit silly at this point. What if Jeff or Joel suddenly decide that they like meta tags again? Will the community here change its tune again? –  Harry Gindi Sep 21 '10 at 19:30
@Harry: presumable the team can work up queries to help in restoring them. And I'm glad that this will not be my problem. –  dmckee Sep 21 '10 at 19:36
Except that the entire concept of "best practices" is intrinsically nonsense. We might as well have a [plz-send-teh-codez] tag. –  Aarobot Sep 22 '10 at 3:35
@Aarobot: Some people do seem to believe in them, but there are two ideas that I've seen confounded. Some things considered "best practices" are fundamentals like version control, while other things are simply mediocrity. Until I see a coherent definition that strikes me as useful, I'm agreeing with you. –  David Thornley Sep 22 '10 at 13:55

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