I just found the tag on Stack Overflow.

Most questions there (now 109 non-closed) ask about events that will or will not happen in the future (relative to the time the question was asked or is read).

Most of these are either off-topic (not about programming), not constructive ("What do you think will happen?") or not a real question.

There are some legitimate questions here, about the future construct in concurrent programming, or about the from __future__ import ... feature in Python (though maybe those should get different tags).

So, if you can vote to close, help us looking at those questions and close the ones which are not suitable for Stack Overflow. Please do not vote to migrate to Programmers Stack Exchange, as they don't want prophesy questions, either.

Some of these questions might also be saved by a good edit. Though have a look at existing answers first.

It might also help to write a good tag wiki to avoid new questions about the future.

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    I'll admit it's a pretty vague badge, but judging by top-voted questions, it is popular - i.imgur.com/Gtn0F.png – Adel Oct 22 '11 at 18:17
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    You can see that most those high-voted questions are quite old (from 2008 or 2009). They would be closed almost immediately if asked now - the sense of the community what is on-topic has changed since then. – Paŭlo Ebermann Oct 22 '11 at 18:27
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    @Adel: Badge? Don't you mean tag? @ Paulo: I'd like to help if someone also helps me with this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/109074/… Seeing no one person helping is really demotivating. – BalusC Oct 22 '11 at 18:39
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  • Well, not all questions tagged {future} are improperly tagged, but in these cases, it's just for lack of the proper tag(s). – Nightfirecat Nov 15 '11 at 1:03
  • @Nightfirecat: Yes, those question are tagged right (I think), the problem are the ones. (Which makes it a bit difficult to measure the progress here.) – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 15 '11 at 14:33
  • I feel like adding the [futures] tag would be helpful in this case, as futures seem to be a legitimate programming topic, where future seems to refer more generally to the word's definition (which we're trying to discourage). – Nightfirecat Nov 15 '11 at 16:36
  • Maybe we should ask Chris/Anna/Mark if they want some of those over at Programmers. – Time Traveling Bobby Nov 22 '11 at 10:35
  • I'm also tempted to change the title to Captain Paŭlo And The World Of The Future Tag... – Time Traveling Bobby Nov 22 '11 at 10:40
  • @Bobby: As I already said above, these questions are off-topic on Programmers, if they are about prognosing the future. (And sorry, I don't really get your joke in the alternative title ... I found Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, but I don't see how it relates.) – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 22 '11 at 13:59
  • From only reading the titles I'd say some might fit over there. Of course not with that tag. And yes, that's what jumped into my mind for no special reason. – Time Traveling Bobby Nov 22 '11 at 17:48

I've tried to start going through and removing the tag off some open questions that don't need it, and voting to close those that are speculative. One other tag that may need looking at is .

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  • Ah, you swamped my tag filter! Thanks for your activity (specially the close-votes). – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 8 '11 at 13:29

Similarly, the tag probably ought be checked through - not all of them are badly tagged, but a good number are related.

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