The following tags need cleanup:

  • : 233 questions. Some questions need to be retagged to or ; pure polls need to be retagged to (and closed as Not Constructive or voted for deletion, if not done yet). For the remainder, just remove the tag altogether. I already worked through the first 50 questions. Update: I worked through another 100 questions (there are currently only 82 left), but I ran out of close votes for those which are clearly non-constructive, so other day I will continue.
  • : 26 questions. I've already removed the tag from all the questions, but please burninate it.
  • : 121 questions, 100% meta tag. It needs definite burnination. Update: some of them which is related to AOP might need to be retagged to or something.
  • : 354 questions, 100% meta tag. Most of the closed questions, especially the pure poll ones with high votes, should be retagged to polls; then the tag can be burninated.
  • : 5 questions. It has been already removed.
  • : 79 questions. I see very little abuse, but this tag doesn't feel right. Some of them needs to be retagged to (which might need to be migrated to codereview.se at some point).
  • Are you sure that "advice" isn't part of some AOP questions, where it would definitely not be meta? (metaprogramming concepts are not "meta") Oct 23 '11 at 12:46
  • @Mark: could you please create a clear tag wiki and remove the tag from questions where it is irrelevant?
    – BalusC
    Oct 23 '11 at 14:25
  • Not sure I'm qualified to write a tag wiki on the subject, but I can try to clean it up a bit. Oct 23 '11 at 15:09
  • @Mark: Or, likely better, maybe a new tag? aop-advice or something?
    – BalusC
    Oct 23 '11 at 15:13

I'm working on this. Several of these require some thought. 'advice' is real in AOP. 'recommendation' can be real for a recommendation engine (c.f. Apache Mahout). Etc, etc. It requires reading each question.

  • Yes, it's a lot of work. As to the recommendation engine, good point, I think recommendation-engine is a better tag then.
    – BalusC
    Oct 23 '11 at 16:59

Wow, that seems extreme (and a whole lot of work).

I don't think is a meta tag, ALL tags are meta information, and there are rec tags used a lot on other sites like SU and Webapps.

I like more their more specific ones like software-rec and webapp-rec, and think you could make some more specific ones for SO like library-rec or ide-rec etc.

Not everything that has more than one possible answer is a poll.

Not every list is a poll.

A poll is where the OP is looking for 'best', as opposed to just looking for some resource (which I usually tag ).

  • I did not mean all questions tagged recommendation. Mainly just the closed ones. I've edited the question to clarify that bit a bit more.
    – BalusC
    Oct 12 '11 at 5:47
  • OK, I've edited my answer a little. Oct 12 '11 at 5:53
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    Last time I checked, Recommendation questions were poor and/or subjective and most of them abused the community as cheap search-machine. Oct 12 '11 at 6:57
  • @PaddedCell, so maybe the recommendation tag is useful so you can ignore any quesions with it.... Oct 12 '11 at 9:18
  • @Padded, yes, a lot of them are, but there are lots of crappy syntax questions also. I don't see what's wrong about someone asking for a specific library that will do their job. Oct 12 '11 at 13:34
  • Evaluation should be their job, not ours. We can only point them to known resources (therefor, poll) and not recommend the best solution for them. If somebody pops up like that, I always get the chilly feeling that something is wrong in the world and want to tell them to get someone who knows what he's doing. Oct 13 '11 at 11:43
  • @Padded, I'm not talking about evaluation as the purpose of the question, though answerers might do that. I'm talking about Identification; lots of times they just need to know what libraries are available. Oct 13 '11 at 15:01
  • I'm not insinuating that everything that has more than one possible answer is a poll. Only non-constructive open-ended questions are polls. As to the [recommendation] tag, maybe it's a better fit for those questions which are constructive, but then I'd wonder if that wouldn't better belong in programmers.se.
    – BalusC
    Oct 23 '11 at 15:35

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