The following tags need special attention from the community!

Burnination and Blacklisting

These tags have been audited and are considered prime candidates for burnination and blacklisting.

books, ebook, education, free-software, learning-resources, screencast, screencasts, training, tutorials, video-tutorials

Please note that has and as synonyms.

Significant Cleanup / Vetting for Burnination

These tags were uncovered in the audit and need significant cleaned up before they can be burnination candidates. These tags are either being applied inconsistently, are unnecessary, meta-tags, or otherwise problematic. We need your help to check these tags and make the site better.

, , career-development, , , , demonstration, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , tag:teaching, terms, tips-and-tricks, , organizing

Other meta tags needing burnination:

(please note: struck tags are ... struck)

  • 24
    Just so we're clear, "Aarthi wants to burninate children".
    – Tim Stone
    Apr 10, 2013 at 0:26
  • I know there's not many left, but can we add [technology-choice], [programmer-skills] and [time-estimation] to the burnination list? Apr 10, 2013 at 1:11
  • Sorry.. That title was killing me!
    – ɥʇǝS
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:52
  • BTW, I don't have 500 rep on Stack Overflow, but I'd like to help. It wouldn't really help to suggest edits removing these tags would it? (Of course, I'd fix anything else that needed it in the process).
    – ɥʇǝS
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:56
  • @Seth Blacklisting List? :D
    – Aarthi
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:57
  • @Aarthi Well it is a list :P
    – ɥʇǝS
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:58
  • 1
    Heh, for a second I thought [discussion], [burninate-request] and [clean-up] were the last tags in your second list. Long day...
    – yannis
    Apr 10, 2013 at 16:19
  • can we add [project/s] to that list? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/173482/remove-project-tag
    – Aboutblank
    Apr 10, 2013 at 16:33
  • Let's address that separately, @About
    – Shog9
    Apr 10, 2013 at 16:42
  • @TimStone Burninating books also often seen as a bad sign.
    – Ben Barden
    Apr 10, 2013 at 21:48
  • I made a question regarding [coding-style] as a tag that may need to be burned as well... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/192921/…
    – aug
    Aug 13, 2013 at 15:58
  • @Shog9: Hey, check my most recent edit to the above question. You can blacklist it now. Oh, also, [training] as well.
    – user1228
    Aug 20, 2013 at 13:18
  • books is back with 33 questions. I thought it has been blacklisted (or is it not, because this was before the MSO/MSE split?). The tag wiki says “Career Bookshelf”, but this is only on-topic on MSO, not here. And if you take a look at the questions tagged with it, they are about any book-related topic. Please remove the tag from MSE for good! May 28, 2020 at 8:42

3 Answers 3


About :

There seem to be three uses for this

  1. Talking about tiny humans
  2. Talking about child nodes in HTML/CSS/JS (most
  3. Talking about child processes.

What should probably be done:

  • Retag all questions about as such.
  • Remove the tag from questions about human children
  • Rename/synonym the tag to

has been burned. Please blacklist, as almost all questions were off topic, not constructive, and made me cry.


Edit: Perhaps this idea isn't the best, but something should be done about the excess of unfulfilled burninations (see the bottom of this post)

Can this list be maintained as FAQ? I know it's not frequently-asked, but it's probably frequently-wondered. We should keep an updated list of tags which need burnination, tags we've burninated, etc. This should be community wiki.

When people post burninate requests, they can be added to this list (with enough upvotes). This would actually promote action, as it would stay in front of peoples' faces much easier.

A lot of burninate-requests are lost in the pile of posts, and it would be good for us to maintain a solid list for reference. I don't even need to begin pointing out the number of lost requests.

  • 2
    No, I think this is a bad idea. The community team (i.e. my colleagues and I) along with the developers, keep a close eye on MSO for burnination requests. As requests get fulfilled, it's tidier for us to mark as [status-completed] and move onto the next burn/blacklist request.
    – Aarthi
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:06
  • @Aarthi A lot more would get done if there were a single coordinated and organized list. Sure, it's easier to do it that way, but that doesn't make it better. Consolidation of information means faster and more thorough action.
    – user206222
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:11
  • While you're right, this isn't the first time we've done this. Frankly: this system doesn't scale well. Keeping these posts small and focused is a much better way for both us (Stack Exchange) and for you (the community) to handle this. For examples of how this doesn't scale, see this post on Super User (incremental progress for months) and this post on Server Fault (very little progress since an initial clearance). I promise: smaller, focused, frequent posts has a better yield over time.
    – Aarthi
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:20
  • @Aarthi Hmm. Then maybe there's a better way to handle this in general. I hope you agree that there are WAY too many unhandled burninate requests?
    – user206222
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:24
  • Are there? Usually Shog9 gets to them fairly expediently and marks them done/declined as needed.
    – Aarthi
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:25
  • @Aarthi It took me about five minutes in total to find those seven incomplete burninations. Five of those seven were from memory. Anecdotal, but relevant. Incomplete requests are everywhere.
    – user206222
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:29
  • Do note, though, that's not to undermine Shog9's work. He's done more than I can count, but we shouldn't, and shouldn't have to, depend on them to fix this.
    – user206222
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:31
  • First off, yeah - this shouldn't all be me; obviously, I'm not keeping up, which is why Aarthi's vetting this set of tags (it takes almost no time to get rid of them, but generally you want to do a bit of sanity-checking first). @Telthien
    – Shog9
    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:46
  • @Shog9 Of course - and I don't disagree that this is useful. However, there has to be a better way to do this, and I generally think this will require better coordination.
    – user206222
    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:56
  • @Shog9 Your powers make me jealous. Here I am, burning away old big questions, and suddenly everything disappears. You have ruined my evening =[
    – user206222
    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:52
  • Plenty of other tags, @Telthien ;-)
    – Shog9
    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:59

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