Despite meta tags being discouraged now, the Unix and Linux beta managed to get three posts tagged [subjective] in the first three or four hours of the beta. Should SE sites start with a blacklist of certain bad tags that have a propensity for popping up on every SE site?

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    While I like the subjective tag, it would be a good idea to start with the blacklist, if it's going to be implemented later anyway. Aug 10 '10 at 23:08
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    Yes, please. On the UI beta there was a 'UI' tag within hours. Aug 10 '10 at 23:45

I'm not sure I agree -- I think each site should establish what its own community norms are without being held to the norms of a programming site.

That said, I do expect some standards to emerge, but I'd rather watch and learn than being overly prescriptive from the beginning.

edit: we do now support the concept of "intrinsic" tags, that is:

  • [apple] on apple.se
  • [wordpress] on wordpress.se
  • [unix] on unix.se
  • [drupal] on drupal.se
  • [ui] and [ux] on ux.se

In other words, an intrinsic tag is one that functionally "exists" on every question because it is at the site level.

This intrinsic tag feeds the blacklist and also works to vet and validate question migrations to make sure they are somewhat valid; migration candidates must have at least one tag in common on the target site including the intrinsic tags for the site.

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    Well, [subjective] has nothing to do with programming; it's the same on every site. It comes down to if you want the death of meta tags to be SO-specific, or universal across all the SE sites Aug 25 '10 at 3:42
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    What do you think of my ideas in this answer?
    – Jon Seigel
    Sep 24 '10 at 17:20

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