I have nothing to add to the title: Why is the [best-practices] tag not allowed on SO any more?


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See the official line which begins:

There are a few tags on Stack Overflow that have bugged me for a long time. Namely:

  • subjective
  • best-practices
  • beginner

But I could never quite articulate what, exactly, was wrong with these tags. It's been bothering me more and more as time goes on.

  • 4
    Ah, I see. It's sad. IMHO someone has too much free time..
    – Roman
    Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 10:54
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    Let's make some use of the superflous 'free time' barb: I've created an Area 51 'Coding Best Practises' site for you. area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/17184/coding-best-practises Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 12:23
  • I didn't mean you. Thanks for your efforts, but I think it won't replace the abandoned tags on SO for those users who used to put them on questions about best practices in whichever field.
    – Roman
    Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 21:18
  • I'm amused to see that 'best-practices' is legal on meta, but not on SO.
    – John Fiala
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 18:58

It was definitely a bad decision.

I'm just getting into PHP, and wanted to scan through the PHP questions by the tag so I could ramp myself up on what's current, but it no longer exists. Now you have to hope the text contains 'best practices'.

It would have been a natural if the tag had existed.


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