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and are used for too many things:

  • VCS tags
  • tags in view of MVC paradigm in various frameworks
  • HTML tags

I think they should be blacklisted and existing questions should be re-tagged with more specific tags.

  • What harm are these tags causing? – user102937 Aug 20 '12 at 18:27
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    There's only 3000 of one and 300 of another. Get editing. The ASP folks did it for the asp tag. – casperOne Aug 20 '12 at 18:44
  • @RobertHarvey I thought any tag that has too many meanings should be burninated and blacklisted – Andrei Botalov Aug 20 '12 at 18:46
  • @AndreyBotalov: That's something that the community has cooked up. It's probably not wrong, but sometimes I think it's carried to an extreme. If the tag needs further clarification, you can always pair it with another tag like [html] during a search. – user102937 Aug 20 '12 at 18:55
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    One definition of a meta tag is that it means different things to different people. These fit that definition, in that they require additional context to have a meaning. However, they should not be blindly burninated, because doing so may harm the questions. This is going to have to be a one-by-one mass retag, as casperOne suggested. That said, these tags aren't that bad. – Charles Aug 20 '12 at 19:00
  • @casperOne Do you mean that burninating and blacklisting will be only after questions will be retagged? – Andrei Botalov Aug 20 '12 at 19:01
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    @AndreyBotalov It was partially tongue-in-cheek. But, for a tag with 300 questions, that's something that can be manually done (in about 1/2 hour). For 3K, considerably longer. The thing is, you need to find out what tags really should be applied, not just remove the tags. Blacklisting only comes in extreme circumstances. This might be one of them, but it's hard to say. – casperOne Aug 20 '12 at 19:15