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Can we disallow the use of “belongs-on-xxxxxxx” and “not-programming-related” tags?

Is there an official position on this? Do we or don't we like adding "belongs-on-x" tags when closing? Personally I don't like it at all, since it's editing the question itself to support the closer's opinion, which hasn't been validated by the community yet.

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I agree with you. I don't see what purpose the tags serve. Is anyone going to search for posts based on a "belongs-on-x" tag? I don't see why they would. They just cause a little more work when a post does get migrated and the now silly looking tag needs to be removed. I remove them when I see them.


For the record, the official position from Jeff is that belongs-on-* should not even exist:

you're not going deep enough: these tags should not exist, period.

I swear I thought there was also another answer of Jeff's on this question ... But I do not see it anymore.

That's about as close to official policy as we can get. I started retagging a bunch of [belongs-on-superuser]-tagged items last week when I started seeing it a lot on SO. (Mostly guys who just got the ability to retag.)


Since I believe a feature is in the works to prevent users tagging things as belongs-on-x (source), I think they should not be used. Also, this question details how to deal with occurrences of them.

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