I hate to be uninspiring, de-motivational, and/or dissatisfying, but I suggest we blacklist the following tags:

These tags don't seem to have a purpose other than decorating close/migrate candidates such as these example questions:


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    Ouch. Those questions are bad. I'm all for burnination. Oct 26, 2011 at 18:15
  • They all look like metatags. Weren't those gotten rid of some time ago?
    – Toomai
    Oct 26, 2011 at 18:21
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    It's so beautiful, nay, inspiring and satisfying to see people from all over the world come together on Stack Overflow and become nationalists. Burninationalists!
    – Pekka
    Oct 26, 2011 at 18:30
  • @Pekka don't forget motivating Oct 26, 2011 at 18:32
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    Okay, I used all my close votes for the day. Most of the questions I voted on were blatantly off topic and/or not constructive, and at least half were also duplicates... and yet, I was the only vote for many of them. Come on, people! If cleaning up isn't its own reward, I'll hand out a bounty or two when this question becomes eligible.
    – Pops
    Oct 26, 2011 at 20:45
  • @Toomai, you're right, there's been a policy against meta tags for over a year. However, actually finding instances of bad tags that need to be wiped out has been left to the community.
    – Pops
    Oct 28, 2011 at 20:50
  • There's prpbably a case to be made for whether some of these questions are fit for programmers.stackexchange.com
    – MPelletier
    Nov 2, 2011 at 16:46
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    @MPelletier, in most cases, migrating these questions would violate rule #2, "don't migrate old stuff."
    – Pops
    Nov 2, 2011 at 17:40
  • @PopularDemand Where are those rules written again?
    – MPelletier
    Nov 2, 2011 at 17:59
  • @MPelletier, all across Meta in random places, unfortunately. I only know of two rules; the other one is "don't migrate crap." For what it's worth, the answer to this question was edited by a Programmers SE mod who specifically said "Please don't automatically vote to migrate to Programmers."
    – Pops
    Nov 2, 2011 at 18:17
  • @PopularDemand So, can I be forgiven for not knowing arguably ill-documented rules? ;)
    – MPelletier
    Nov 2, 2011 at 18:54
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    @MPelletier, nothing arguable about it; those rules are definitely ill-documented. I don't think you actually did anything wrong, but you are welcome to consider yourself forgiven from my point of view.
    – Pops
    Nov 2, 2011 at 18:58
  • Ignore them—they'll go away. Nov 3, 2011 at 23:27

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Since the question is marked "completed," this answer is no longer being actively maintained, but it will still be updated occasionally.

This "answer" is for keeping track of tags that need cleanup. Feel free to add more yourself! Please try to sort the list so that questions with the most unexpired close votes are at the top.

Note that some of these tags have both on-topic and off-topic meanings, and some posts may need edits/retags instead of close votes. That said, if you do vote to close, please don't immediately retag; that way, it'll be easier for other close voters to find the bad apples.

Please also don't automatically vote to migrate to Programmers (or any other site). There's a very good chance these questions will be unwanted over there as well.

Want to discuss closure- or posse-related matters? Use the posse comitatus chatroom.

The following tags have literally hundreds of unclosed questions each. It'll be impressive if we even get to them.

We're completely done with the following tags. Good job! They should probably be considered for blacklisting if they ever return.

These tags have not been used in over 24 hours, and therefore have been automatically deleted:

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These tags still exist, but contain only closed questions:

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  • Dealing with Apathy hey, I was reading that!
    – Pekka
    Oct 26, 2011 at 21:06
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    I'll return tomorrow to dole out more justice.
    – user7116
    Oct 26, 2011 at 21:15
  • Most useful. I've run out of votes for today. More work for tomorrow. Lets hope people aren't voting to migrate these to Programmers. The ones I looked at would be off topic/not constructive over there as well
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 26, 2011 at 22:17
  • Looks like all the inspiration and satisfaction tagged posts are now closed.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 26, 2011 at 22:17
  • Well, in some cases the tag was simply removed. Oct 26, 2011 at 22:31
  • I added close votes and subtracted the tag. At least we have less instances of the stupid tag.
    – Rosinante
    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:08
  • Can we add [programmer-efficiency] to this auto da fe?
    – Rosinante
    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:09
  • @Rosinante - removing the tag makes it more difficult for others to find the questions again
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 27, 2011 at 7:49
  • @ChrisF I realized that belatedly.
    – Rosinante
    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:10
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    This query seems to provide some more good candidates. Oct 30, 2011 at 3:51
  • @Brian: wow, that's a very helpful query.
    – user138231
    Oct 30, 2011 at 17:22
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    God do I hate [tips-and-tricks], it's been copied to a lot of the Stack Exchanges too. Some of these tags deserve network-wide blacklisting.
    – Aarobot
    Nov 4, 2011 at 2:01
  • I'm doing this. Is it safe to say I'm not Doing It Wrong(tm)?
    – user172164
    Jan 31, 2012 at 6:57

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