It seems that there is an automated process that can result in questions getting tagged as , but it should not be possible for users to generate questions with this tagging. (The example is from SciFi.SE, but I think the rule should apply network wide.)

If no other mechanism exists the moderator only tag mechanism could, perhaps, be made to serve here.

Side question: should be allowed to users on meta site? Or would it be better to use to for questions about question tagged ?

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    Definitely untagged-questions. – Cody Gray Feb 20 '12 at 2:07
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    Interesting. I was pretty sure it was blocked from being used in normal edits... but apparently not. – Adam Lear Feb 20 '12 at 5:47

We just blacklisted across the network, so it can no longer be added to a question by any users. Another side-effect is that the question must be retagged before (or at the same time as) any other edits are performed.

The "tag" will still appear on questions as it does now if another tag is destroyed or a question is migrated to the site by a moderator and doesn't share any tags with the destination site.

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    Is it possible that untagged is blacklisted on older sites, but not being blacklisted on new ones? literature.meta.stackexchange.com/q/938/2100 – user215040 Nov 21 '17 at 22:11
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    @snailplane Yeah, that's a thing. Shog reapplied the blacklist to the newer sites, and I'll see about setting it up from the get-go when we launch a private beta. – Adam Lear Nov 21 '17 at 22:22

I'd keep it in place, as honeypot.

I mean, if you can't find any tags for your question, the possibility is very high that that question needs to be burned. Otherwise, if there are tags but the user fails to tag correctly, there's a 99% that the question needs attention anyway...our should be burned.

One way or the other, we can burn^H^H^H^H find bad question quicker with that tag.


There was a bit of a thing on Arqade earlier where it was being used as a catch-all when tags-to-be-cleaned-up were being removed, and I was surprised to see that it was even possible.

I know there was some resistance in the past to blacklisting tags that have stuff in them for fear of confusing users, but really isn't a user tag: we never want people adding it to questions, only removing it.

It seems like it could be in the same class as et al: unavailable to regular users, but available to the system (so it can handle tag deletions) and to moderators (for whatever unforseen emergency requires it).

Then again, red tags can't be removed by regular users, whereas should be, so if it does become a red tag, it'd still have to be modified somewhat.

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