I have noticed there are 3 questions tagged broken-windows, and the tag has been added in those questions from a single user.
What does that tag would mean? Do we need it?
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Above question made me feel that topic of broken windows may be worth tagging:
...I was wondering just how many meta threads there were asking "why can't I ask X when Y exists"...
In this question, broken windows problem appear to be described as "old, fun posts... create broken windows, which serve as an advertisement for the types of questions which are acceptable".
I also studied some other questions to find out what would it mean to people referring this phenomenon (as in what would one put into tag wiki excerpt).
Below are some descriptions I found:
For the sake of completeness, other questions I studied are listed below:
Add the alternative of "delisting" questions; deletion is usually harmful overkill
Are the "greatest hits" in the Stack Overflow newsletter appropriate?
How did "Is the C# Thread class (unofficially) obsolete?" make it past the "Not Constructive" gauntlet?
inappropriate questions used to justify posting of new similar questions "why can't I ask X when Y exists"
Existing inappropriate questions used to justify posting of new inappropriate questions "why can't I ask X when Y exists".
Term "broken windows" refers to theory explained in Wikipedia as follows:
...theory of the norm setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that monitoring and maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.
One of the edit summaries points to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory which provides background.
What these questions have in common is that they refer to situations where we have visible evidence of undesired behaviour, which the above theory suggests is likely to result in further undesired behaviour.
It certainly sounds like the
give me the codez tag. It is unlikely that any user will put it in the question's initial tags.
broken window is more like a canned answer, not a valid question category. Instead of using the tag, a quick answer should be provided with a reference to the broken window effect.
While I agree that those are bad questions, I don't see any use of this tag. Otherwise we should have other tags like
lazy reader or
non english writer tags.
broken window tag is in itself a case of broken window.