For earlier discussion on this sort of thing:

  • sql-faq tag being propagated: this (June 2012) has led to being removed.

  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/68647/setting-up-a-faq-for-the-c-tag: this is from late 2010; back then, it seems to have been approved of. But back then there were various questions which were considered on-topic but are now locked as now unsuitable and kept for historic reasons only. Similarly, various meta-tags were approved of then but are not approved of any more.

  • Special handling for FAQ questions: this one is from February this year but is headed in the opposite direction. Shog9's answer there seems to me to be the best, suggesting basically that having FAQ tags isn't necessary or a good idea. The site's own FAQs are quite close to the contents of the FAQ tag and are most frequently asked ones. (I paraphrase; this is not precisely what he says and is my interpretation of his words.)

Well then, the [*-faq] and [*-faq-*] tags currently in existence are:

These are meta tags. And as we all know, meta tags are evil. So, should we burninate them?

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    I absolutely want to destroy all of them. The c++-faq tag won't go down easily though. The c++faq-lite is an actual thing so it shouldn't go, as it doesn't represent a FAQ on the site. – casperOne Jun 20 '13 at 12:23
  • Also, the cookbook tag is on some of the questions, that needs to go as well. – casperOne Jun 20 '13 at 12:24
  • @casperOne: hadn't noticed that c++-faq-lite was a genuine tag... it needs a tag wiki! – Chris Morgan Jun 20 '13 at 12:26
  • I don't disagree, but I'm not qualified to write it up. – casperOne Jun 20 '13 at 12:27
  • recipe should probably go too. – casperOne Jun 20 '13 at 12:27
  • @casperOne: problem with cookbook and recipe is that they are genuine units of division for some things. Chef looks to use them somewhat like another system might have modules. – Chris Morgan Jun 20 '13 at 12:32
  • @casperOne: Expect torches and pitchforks. ;) – Xeo Jun 20 '13 at 12:46

The c++-faq tag won't go down easily though.

Damn right.

The long and short is that many people have tried to bring down the C++ FAQ, I dunno about the others, and all have failed, and for good reason. Much like how the C++ book recommendation question won't die, despite many people's best efforts.

The simple fact is that the purists cry, but these are useful resources that exist for a reason. If we killed the FAQ all that would happen is we would replace existing high-quality questions and answers with a lot of detail with something much worse. The C++-faq tag itself serves the same purpose as any other tag- to organize such reference-quality questions/answers. There is no logical reason to remove it.

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    The c++ tag sorted by frequency is, as observed by Shog9, very good—a better indication of what is frequently asked than the c++-faq tag. What do you think about that? (I speak as one with not very much C++ experience and none at Stack Overflow.) – Chris Morgan Jun 20 '13 at 14:09
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    To be frank, those two things haven't seen a fraction of my best effort. Just sayin. – casperOne Jun 20 '13 at 14:17
  • 93 followers. If people are actually using the tag to help find original, canonical questions & answers, then I'm inclined to let the exception slide. – Bill the Lizard Jun 21 '13 at 15:22
  • @BilltheLizard Followers doesn't equate to anything. I follow a ton of tags and I never use that functionality. – casperOne Jul 1 '13 at 13:32

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