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I have just seen a question with the "error" tag on it. This tag does not seem to add anything to questions.

What is its use?

Should [error] be deleted and added to the list of prohibited tags?

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It's a meta-tag, and should be removed.


  • It doesn't reasonably stand on its own (it doesn't describe a technology, feature or methodology)

See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/

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I am still seeing questions with this tag (stackoverflow.com/q/6295916/265570) Are these meta tags making a comeback? –  bkaid Jun 15 '11 at 4:04

It's there so people can search specifically for an "error" that they're dealing with, and not get other kinds of posts.

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