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Not only blacklist, but perhaps put up a message 'if you thought this tag was appropriate, your question is almost certainly off-topic'?

In any case, I burned up a stack of close votes starting the cleanup process, but I'm no Hercules and the stable is Augean. Could I get some help?

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From our experience on Programmers, tags with questions in them do not get blacklisted. Editing the tag wiki to say "do not use this tag" is also not a very reliable deterrent.

Orchestrating a mass clean-up of the questions in the tag is something we could do as a first step: vote to close and/or delete questions as appropriate. Some might be worth migrating to Programmers, but it'd have to be judged carefully and on a case-by-case basis.

It's pretty clear that these questions are off-topic on Stack Overflow now en masse, so it should be fairly easy to close and remove (where needed) these questions in preparation for removing the tag itself.

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    "Some might be worth migrating to Programmers" Oh, please don't... – yannis Jan 15 '12 at 4:24
  • @ZaphodBeeblebrox There might be some good questions in there. Granted, the odds are low, but it could happen. :) – Adam Lear Jan 15 '12 at 4:28
  • It's the en masse effect I'm more afraid of: a big number of high voted questions with good answers (one hopes) appearing on Programmers in short succession. That might create the perception amongst newer users that career development is a popular topic, and not one that should be avoided unless you have an absolutely excellent question. Something like: "I read ten questions about career development this month on Programmers, the crowd there can really help me with my (too localized / off topic / otherwise crappy) question." – yannis Jan 15 '12 at 4:39
  • @ZaphodBeeblebrox Trust me, I'm aware of the problem it might create. I don't think we're necessarily in danger of en masse migrations any more than we are normally. (Plus we can always delete the migrated questions and/or reverse poor migrations.) – Adam Lear Jan 15 '12 at 4:42
  • Yes we can. When (if) a clean up starts, you could also do a post on Meta P.SE, maybe some of us will join in and help avoid crappy migrations... – yannis Jan 15 '12 at 4:57
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If you're going to special-case a tag, why not offer to move the already-entered content to the programmers.se "Ask a Question" form?

If we have a good idea where such questions are on-topic, we should at a minimum point users there, instead of dismissing them with "it's off-topic". After all, that's why questions get migrated instead of simply closed.

But if we can save the user the effort of re-entering their question on the other site, why not?

  • See Anna's answer... "Some might be worth migrating to Programmers, but it'd have to be judged carefully and on a case-by-case basis.". Automatically sending them to programmers would imply asking is fine there, which it most often won't be. – Pekka Jan 14 '12 at 22:13
  • @Pekka'sOrganicRepFarm: I thought that was in reference to existing questions, not new ones. – Ben Voigt Jan 14 '12 at 22:21
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    Programmers.SE is not a catch-all for these kinds of questions. Few of them are actually on-topic there. – user102937 Jan 14 '12 at 22:22
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    @BenVoigt At a cursory glance at the existing career development questions, most of them would not make good Programmers questions (or good questions, period). – Adam Lear Jan 15 '12 at 2:21
  • @BenVoigt P.SE career development questions: 119 closed / 152 open. 43.91% closed, not counting deleted questions. Pointing users towards P.SE would obviously not be a good idea. – yannis Jan 15 '12 at 4:49

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