We all know about the persistent problem of new users posting blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta Stack Exchange for many reasons. This problem dates back to at least 2013, and happens often enough that some users have coined a special name for this phenomenon, "lost souls".
It might be a good idea to have a new tag for questions that discuss this issue, because:
- This (new users posting blatantly off-topic questions as a result of ignorance as to the purpose or nature of Meta.SE) is a persistent problem that is not going away as a result of standard moderation actions (downvoting, closing, commenting-on, and deleting each individual off-topic question). For this reason, tracking the history of discussion of this problem is valuable in itself.
- In theory, these questions could be marked with a triplet of tags: new-users, off-topic, and meta, but the problem is not an occasional issue involving infrequent interactions between the topics of these three tags, but a specific issue that is more than the sum of its constituents. This is similar to how a cooking site might create a blt-sandwich tag instead of tagging all BLT-related questions with bacon, lettuce, tomato, sandwich-bread, and sandwich-construction-best-practices, because BLT sandwiches themselves are a thing.
So, should we have a tag for questions about this issue? If so, what should the tag be? Some ideas include:
To be clear here, this is not to be applied to the blatantly off-topic questions themselves, but to questions that discuss this issue, just like the way the tag spam isn't added to spam questions but to questions that discuss spam.