Do we need the niche-area tag (6 questions, with half of them closed or marked as a dupe, no tag wiki) here on Meta Stack Exchange? I question its utility for two reasons:
- It's not really possible for someone to be an expert in niche areas. One can be an expert in a specific niche area, or even a small collection of them, but someone who is an expert in the intricacies of the past tenses of Sumerian verbs might not be expected to have any specific level of competency in trebuchet repair.
- The tag appears to be used for two separate things:
- Niche tags on a site (concepts that are on-topic, but are not popular or frequently discussed) and how their use or moderation differs from high-volume tags
- The quantum of specialization necessary to support an independent Stack Exchange site
Do we really need this tag? If not, is it too much of a niche area for us to go ahead and burninate it?
Most questions about niche-area tags can simply be tagged tags along with any other applicable tag (e.g. asking-questions, edits, moderation or vote-to-close). Questions about how to handle specific niche-area tags (e.g. how to encourage more people to review [cobol] questions on Stack Overflow) will often be better asked on the applicable per-site meta.
Questions about new site specialization can be tagged area51.