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I'd argue it's not really an informative tag.

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    The tag description is absolutely fitting for the tag, given that it is, ummm, missing ;)
    – Gordon
    Nov 22, 2011 at 17:29
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    @Gordon The tag description could point to a 404 page. I'd be okay with that.
    – MPelletier
    Nov 22, 2011 at 17:35
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    -1 (sorry) because I think it's quite descriptive when used appropriately.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Nov 24, 2011 at 11:07
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    @Mr.Wizard Other banned tags are also descriptive. Problem, error, etc. I'm sure when used appropriately they were quite descriptive. Yet they are banned because they don't actually add substance and are too general to make search useful.
    – MPelletier
    Nov 24, 2011 at 12:43
  • @MPelletier I see your point if the tag is used by itself. Perhaps [missing-x] tags would be better?
    – Mr.Wizard
    Nov 24, 2011 at 12:48
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    @Mr.Wizard I don't mean to be obstinate, but I see tags as either categories or domains of expertise. I don't see missing or specification thereof as viable.
    – MPelletier
    Nov 24, 2011 at 13:02
  • But thank you for the suggestion. It made me think that perhaps some questions in the missing tag are for other sites. Missing files, for example, would tend to be something with installation, so for SuperUser.
    – MPelletier
    Nov 24, 2011 at 13:04
  • Please be obstinate if you wish; I would defend my own position. :-) I admit I don't have any really concrete examples, but I could see e.g. "[database] [missing-data]" as being important.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Nov 24, 2011 at 13:04
  • Good point regarding SuperUser. As I was struggling to think of an example, missing-files came to mind first, but I thought just as you did, that is not likely programming related. It could be helpful to keep such a tag in the system just to find those posts.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Nov 24, 2011 at 13:06
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    @Mr.Wizard whenever it's descriptive, it could be put in a question title to serve its purpose. I mean... who's going to look for questions regarding [missing] things? Concrete examples, maybe, [java][filenotfoundexception], but not [missing] in general. Aug 25, 2012 at 9:42
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    @Tom et al, I have gained more experience with tags as a Mathematica.SE pro-tem moderator since I wrote these comments. I now agree that [missing] is not a helpful tag and that descriptive titles would serve the purpose better than any seemingly valid use of the tag. +2 (downvote reversed)
    – Mr.Wizard
    Aug 25, 2012 at 14:03

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Burninated.

Not blacklisted yet due to the low volume, but probably a good candidate.

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Another sign that the "missing" tag is not considered valuable on stackoverflow.com: It is not used by experienced users; the users who asked the 15 newest questions tagged with "missing" have median reputation of 6 (at the time of writing this).

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