I would like to suggest a clearer notification if a Tag is used that doesnt belong on a particular site. For example, on Stack Overflow the tag states:

"questions about using the FFmpeg command line tool should be asked on Super User."

An orange pop up box alerting anyone who adds the tag, suggesting to the user to move their question to Super User, would help to reduce the number of off topic questions on Stack Exchange.

Just an idea.

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    And a damned fine one. – user1228 Jan 11 '13 at 17:47
  • As long as the suggestion in the off topic tag is correct of course. – ChrisF Jan 11 '13 at 17:56
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    One issue with this is that it's perfectly fine on SO to ask programming-related questions that involve the FFmpeg libraries, so you can't automatically assume everything using that tag is off-topic. For example, this is a legitimate programming question about FFmpeg: stackoverflow.com/questions/14044335/… , as is this: stackoverflow.com/questions/13937628/… – Brad Larson Jan 11 '13 at 18:01
  • how about adding a ffmpeg-command-line tag? or something similar - and then have the off topic notice only on that tag? – Jimmery Jan 12 '13 at 14:24
  • @Jimmery - Good luck trying to educate all new incoming users to use a non-obvious tag for their questions. Trust me, people will use whatever tags are the first things that pop into their mind, and [ffmpeg] is going to be what almost everyone will use when referring to this topic. – Brad Larson Jan 12 '13 at 22:14

Something you (the general "you", users with the necessary reputation "you") can do right now is to vote to close any of these questions (if they truly are off topic of course) that are still open and, more importantly, vote to delete any closed questions.

Any questions that are on topic but just mis-tagged should be edited to remove the bad tag (plus any other edits needed to clean up the question).

Then once all the questions have either been edited or deleted the tag will disappear from the database never to be suggested again (until someone with sufficient reputation mistakenly recreates it of course).

If it does get re-created then it could be added to the tag blacklist and will then never be suggested again.

All this assumes that the tag is completely off topic of course. As Brad points out in his comment this particular tag can be applied to on topic questions.

  • instead of reducing the tags to just the on topic ones, perhaps expand your collection of tags to include off topic tags - and then have these tags guide users to where those questions would be relevant - this could be very useful for new comers. – Jimmery Jan 12 '13 at 14:28

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