It's a meta tag, and its description even reads that it shouldn't be used anymore:

Career development questions are off-topic for Stack Overflow. DO NOT USE - Removed as part of "The great Stack Overflow tag/question cleanup of 2012" - See link in Tag Wiki for more information. (to be reviewed for closure only)

Since that event has long since passed, can we circle back and remove/clean up/burninate this particular tag?

EDIT: Look at the tag synonyms, too: , , , and . Can we put some fire to these, too?

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    Yeah, this came up here: stackoverflow.com/questions/16266417/cs-graduate-admission - AFAICT, every single question with that tag is closed.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 18:57
  • Yeah, was looking at that question too. Was a fair bit shocked to see that there were so many questions still...floating around with that tag.
    – Makoto
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 18:57
  • @Mysticial: There aren't any that are still open, actually. :) So it's more should all these questions be deleted along with the tag?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 18:59
  • The only way to burninate that tag is to delete every question tagged with it. There's no point otherwise... I would normally be strongly against it but there's nothing in particular that stands out as worth saving. Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 19:00
  • @animuson: If there aren't any that are relatively fresh that could find a suitable home on Programmers, then may they rest in /dev/null.
    – Makoto
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 19:01
  • YEEEEEEEEEEEE... Oh, wait. You're talking about the SO tag, not the Programmers one. :(
    – yannis
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 19:03
  • @Yannis: They're not nearly as bad as SO, and they allow them to an extent. Although I don't see a reason why it couldn't get cleaned up, too.
    – Makoto
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 19:04
  • @Makoto Just noticed your comment about some of the questions potentially finding a home on Programmers. I see only one question that's younger than 60 days (and it sucks), so migrating them it's not an option (even for the good ones).
    – yannis
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 19:20
  • If it sucks, then no reason to bother. Now to pray for burnination.
    – Makoto
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 19:48
  • It seems more like a Programmers tag, not a Stack Overflow tag.
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented May 6, 2013 at 0:11
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  • This needs mod power, or quite a large number of high rep user to delete all of them.
    – nhahtdh
    Commented May 6, 2013 at 5:46
  • I've burned through five of my delete votes, so at least there's five less of these posts.
    – Makoto
    Commented May 6, 2013 at 5:54
  • I've been hacking away at this tag slowly but surely, and now it's under 50 questions. Hopefully it'll get burninated a little faster now.
    – Makoto
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 2:52

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I absolutely agree this tag needs to go from SO; every single question is closed as not constructive or off-topic, and are no longer a good fit for the site.

Having the tag hang around just encourages its use, and unlike the tag, I don't think there are any questions that are currently maintained or will be furiously protested if removed.


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