People get so annoyed at discussion type questions in SO. In fact, hardly any such question survives beyond 10 mins before its inevitably closed. But why then a tag exclusively for still exist?

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    So that we can watch for questions from the sky and burn with fire I guess. Apr 5, 2012 at 13:06
  • A number were migrated/closed, but it's a good point. Most seem to be close fodder.
    – user7116
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:06
  • Because we haven't yet gone through and retagged/closed where appropriate. In these cases the tag is helpful for identifying bad questions until it's removed. Not sure if this one has been brought up before though.
    – Ben Brocka
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:07
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    Working on it...
    – casperOne
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:07
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    Plays @casperOne's re-tagging montage
    – Lix
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:12
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    @Lix You might have to loop it for a little bit.
    – casperOne
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:13
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    Egad, and four synonyms point to it.
    – Tim Post
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:15
  • Here's a classic I found... stackoverflow.com/questions/380739/… Currently on page 8, in the 300's
    – casperOne
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:22
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    WOW - Stack Overflow used to be sooo different! That post wouldn't have lasted 10 seconds today :P
    – Lix
    Apr 5, 2012 at 13:25
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By the current site standards, it should not be there. Almost everything that has that tag is "Not Constructive" (and in a really bad way) and doesn't currently fit into what is acceptable to the site.

That said, the tag is now gone. I've removed the tag from 469 questions that it was on, and will never reappear as the tag has now been blacklisted.

A massive number of them were old, non-constructive messes with little inbound traffic. A good number of them were closed as Non Constructive, if not outright deleted.

It's possible that there are some that should be undeleted and/or reopened, and if so, please flag them for moderator attention or bring them up here on meta and we'll review them. you know what this is

  • Spoons are good for scupping out the eyeballs
    – random
    Apr 5, 2012 at 16:25
  • @random I need the pointy parts of the spork to get through the eyelid when they insist on trying to protect themselves.
    – casperOne
    Apr 5, 2012 at 16:29
  • @casperOne y'know, it would be nice if SO allowed (approved) bot accounts, like Wikipedia does. Any meta-proposal for that? Apr 5, 2012 at 16:34
  • Also: how did you untag them without bumping to the main page? Apr 5, 2012 at 16:35
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    @ManishEarth I have super powers =P Seriously though, there were a number that were closed and/or deleted.
    – casperOne
    Apr 5, 2012 at 16:36
  • @casper makes sense.. Apr 5, 2012 at 16:37
  • Whenever I decide to do a cleanup job on Physics I have to do it bit by bit--to avoid excessive bumps :/ Apr 5, 2012 at 16:38
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    @ManishEarth SO's homepage is customized, unlike other sites.. Apr 5, 2012 at 16:49
  • Ohhhh, I was sure Shog9 would take over the dragon! Surprise!
    – animuson StaffMod
    Apr 5, 2012 at 17:52
  • There is no need of spoons, or forks: Just use microwaves.
    – apaderno
    May 5, 2012 at 22:15

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