A recent question introduced me to the English tag. It appears to be a fount of off topic and crap. I wish to make the tag suffer for this. What say you, grumps?

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Okay, yeah, stupid question. Let's burn it.

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    All hail our Kitty Overlords! But really, what's a "font of off-topic and crap"? – animuson Sep 12 '13 at 19:45
  • Are you hovering in the incineratocopter? – Taryn Sep 12 '13 at 19:48
  • @animuson: Not sure what you're talking about. It's clearly "fount". Sheesh. – Won't Sep 12 '13 at 19:48
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    @Won't That's exactly why they have the tag :D – Lorem Ipsum Sep 12 '13 at 19:50
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    -1 for use of an over-used meme that wasn't funny to begin with. – Johnny Bones Sep 12 '13 at 19:50
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    -1 on comments that indicate downvotes that actually didn't happen – juergen d Sep 12 '13 at 19:52
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    English is certainly overrated. As indicated by many SO questions. – Oded Sep 12 '13 at 19:55
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    I didn't say I was downvoting anything, but thanks for playing! – Johnny Bones Sep 12 '13 at 19:55
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    @JohnnyBones: Now I'm confused. What does +1/-1 mean then? – juergen d Sep 12 '13 at 19:58
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    +1/-1 means "confused." – Robert Harvey Sep 12 '13 at 19:59
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    I think that means NULL, right? I don't know, it's been a while since I took a Math class. – Johnny Bones Sep 12 '13 at 20:01
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    @JohnnyBones If a Won't post didn't include an overused meme that wasn't funny to begin with, I'd assume the account was hacked – Michael Mrozek Sep 12 '13 at 20:06
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    Not satisfied with burning all [books], now you're going after an entire language? When will this madness stop?! – Bill the Lizard Sep 12 '13 at 20:30
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    @BilltheLizard: Oh, right about after I burn down [hot-topic]. – Won't Sep 12 '13 at 20:38
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    @JohnnyBones +1/-1 evaluates to -1, AFAIK. (In the plain old real numbers, anyway.) – michaelb958 Sep 12 '13 at 22:05

Just six days short of its fifth birthday, the tag on Stack Overflow is no more.


  • Wait... you have a magic burn button? Or was that manual? – Won't Sep 12 '13 at 20:50
  • As long as you're in the mood.. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/196719/burninate-derived – TsSkTo Sep 12 '13 at 20:57
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    I really feel like this was done too quickly. Honestly, there is no discussion in this question... Please see my recent answer on What does the English (or other spoken language) tag tell about a question? , where I think I have some good usages for language tags. – Kobi Sep 12 '13 at 21:39
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    There are certainly valid uses for language tags, @Kobi. However, this one did not appear to be widely used for such purposes. – Shog9 Sep 12 '13 at 23:33
  • @Shog9 So, what will replace it for the valid purposes?? – Bobble Sep 17 '13 at 17:24
  • If there are any valid purposes that need to be tagged "english", it can be re-created @Bobble - I have my doubts though, given the age of the tag and the small number of questions using it. – Shog9 Sep 17 '13 at 17:28

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