The [best-practices] tag is already banned on Stack Overflow, though there is a [best-practises] tag taking its spot among newcomers.

Related blog post: The death of meta tags

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    Why the downvote? I don't like that the meta tags were removed but I'd like things to be consistent.
    – Earlz
    Aug 9 '10 at 21:02
  • I also saw [best-practice] a couple of days ago
    – Perpetual Motion Goat
    Aug 9 '10 at 21:08
  • Jeff needs to just add a regex for matching similar things so that [c++-best-practices] etc is also banned @Perp
    – Earlz
    Aug 9 '10 at 21:13
  • best-practice[s], best-practise[s]... what else? standards? industry-standard[s]? common-programming-techniques?
    – user27414
    Aug 9 '10 at 21:15
  • What happens if we retag those two questions (so there are 0 [best-practises]) and then propose it as a synonym of the banned [best-practices]? Will it blacklist that one too? Or will it circumvent the ban on [best-practices] and retag it anyway? (EDIT: Tried it: you can't propose a synonym of a tag that doesn't exist, it won't create it to do so) Aug 9 '10 at 22:56
  • its, not it's. Also, move though after StackOverflow.
    – user133687
    Aug 10 '10 at 13:55
  • @mcandre, I'll fix it; also, the preferred spelling is "Stack Overflow," with a space.
    – Pops
    Aug 10 '10 at 14:01
  • @Jon B: [standards] could be talking about technical standards -- for example, RFC 2822. (Huh. That's obsolete now? But I've never heard of RFC 5322 before...)
    – SamB
    Oct 19 '10 at 18:25

I found a lot of related tags which could be banned as well. Search on prac in https://stackoverflow.com/tags. Most if not all of them can be wiped as well. Only practical-programming seems feasible. Some of the practical tags needs to retagged then.

update: I wiped the following (should maybe be added to blacklist as well?)


I'll wipe the remaining when I'm in a mood to do that ;) First a break.


Newbies often ask things like "how do i conkatenate strings best practise??? please help" when they don't even have bad-practice working code. I champion such tags, even though they are overused.

I often write code I don't approve of and would like to know if there is a more elegant or at least more standard way to code. I'd hate to get into the habit of creating numbered variables and learn a year later about arrays, to name a trivial example.

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    Well, there's often a reasonably wide gulf between the "best" way to do something and any number of "not completely horrible" ways to do the same. I suspect most users asking for "best" don't really know what that would look like anyway: best in terms of maintainability, best in terms of performance, ...? Merely asking, "How should I concatenate strings" followed by some specific information would probably suffice - and that's what I'd edit it into anyway.
    – Shog9
    Aug 10 '10 at 19:40
  • Maybe "idiomatic and good" would be a better way to put it.
    – SamB
    Oct 19 '10 at 18:26

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