I recently came across the tag and noticed this in the wiki:

App store approval is off-topic for Stack Overflow. Questions marked with this tag concern the approval process of an iOS or OS X application by Apple before the application is added to the App Store. If this applies to your question, it is very likely off-topic.

In an attempt to educate users and help with the close-vote review list, would it be possible and feasible to add:

  • The ability to mark tags as off-topic
  • A warning when a question is asked with one of these tags explaining that their question is unlikely to be answered on SO.
  • Questions with one or more of these tags require fewer votes to close with the tag effectively counting as one or more votes.


  • Off-topic questions could either be
    • Stopped before they are asked
    • Rephrased and reconsidered so that they are on topic.
  • Users learn what kind of questions are off topic implicitly. (Few seem to read faq or how-to-ask)
  • There would be fewer new questions cluttering the ever-growing close vote reviews.
  • Existing questions in the close vote review list could be handled more quickly.


  • Users posing new questions may simply circumvent the warning by removing the offending tag.
  • Existing questions with these tags would be left in an indeterminate state.
  • Requires existing off-topic tags to be flagged as such.
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    Off-topic tags shouldn't even exist in the first place, along with their questions. Dec 17, 2013 at 11:23
  • The problem is that the questions do exist though. Users don't learn that they were off topic until they're closed because nobody reads the faq, How to Ask or tag wikis Dec 17, 2013 at 11:32
  • If a tag is known to be off topic then why keep the tag around in the first place?
    – Joe W
    Dec 17, 2013 at 12:47
  • Then an addition to this might be: "And stop further use of these tags" Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54
  • @JoeW: Until the questions get fully cleaned up -- reviewed and either the tags corrected or the question closed -- it can actually be better to keep the tag as a marker. Just destroying the tag sort of releases the questions into the wild and makes those that truly are off-topic harder to find.
    – jscs
    Dec 17, 2013 at 19:50
  • @JoshCaswell Yes I understand that and the goal should be to clear up the tags and kill them rather then provide a warning saying the post may be off topic based on the off topic tags.
    – Joe W
    Dec 17, 2013 at 21:25
  • Agreed, @JoeW; I'm working as fast as I can! :)
    – jscs
    Dec 17, 2013 at 21:51


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