This has been asked before in reference to badges but not about tags.

I asked a question a while back on Server Fault, and it turned out to be a facepalm-style problem (and solution). While it could technically be closed as "a simple typographical error", it has received many views and a few actual votes.

Is there any usefulness (or maybe playfulness?) in adding a "facepalm" tag, or would that more likely be abused to ridicule a question (or the person asking the question) rather than the typical downvote (or vote-to-close)?

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    That would be a meta tag.
    – Kendra
    Jan 10 '17 at 18:54
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    We. Hate. Fun. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    – user1228
    Jan 10 '17 at 19:16
  • I'm curious about the downvotes on the question. Was the question itself not good or are the downvotes indicating that nobody actually wants such a tag? Jan 11 '17 at 19:30
  • @ChristopherSchultz In case you haven't been told yet: on Meta, downvotes are also used to express disagreement. People are probably just saying that they don't want this feature.
    – S.L. Barth
    Jan 19 '17 at 9:52
  • @S.L.Barth Thanks. In that case, should I withdraw the question by deleting it, or is it appropriate to leave it here as historical discussion? Jan 19 '17 at 16:01
  • @ChristopherSchultz You can't delete it, because it has upvoted answers. A single post with many downvotes isn't a problem though. The only caveat - if your next posts also get a lot of downvotes, you may want to consider if you're using MSE rightly.
    – S.L. Barth
    Jan 19 '17 at 16:17

That tag would not be useful. Tags are supposed to help search; is there a point to searching for "in retrospect, that was foolish?"

It's also a bit of a meta-tag; facepalm for what? Password secrecy? Cables not connected?

Also, as you point out yourself, there would be a risk of the tag being used to humiliate people.

So, we don't need this tag, and shouldn't want it.


No. From the help center:

What are tags, and how should I use them?

A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories.

You can't be an expert in facepalm questions.

I know of one exception: , but Meta is different in many ways from a regular Stack Exchange site.


...or would that more likely be abused to ridicule a question...

Yes it would.

Cf. The homework tag is now officially deprecated

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